“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Jesus will choose the twelve apostles the very next day (v13). As He approaches this major decision that will affect His ministry and its reach, He carves out some alone time to pray and talk with God. The Lord understood the importance of such a milestone in ministry, and more than that He understood the importance of praying before taking this step.
Lord, help me to identify similar milestones and major decisions in my life and ministry and teach me to devote much time leading up to such decisions to prayer. To make these sorts of decisions and to make them in alignment with Your will, I need Your guidance, Your wisdom, and Your help. Help me to be fervent in prayer as I walk with and serve You. Amen.
“Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.”
The Lord brought Israel out of bondage to sin that He might bring them into the land of promise. He brought them out so that He might bring them in.
Lord, thank You that You have in a similar way brought me out to bring me in. I, too, was in bondage. I was a slave of sin. But You brought me out! You brought me out so that You might bring me in! You have brought me into Christ! I am now in Christ! He is now my Master, my Captain, my King. I am no longer in sin, but in Him! Thank You, Lord! Amen.
“And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.”
Despite the sinfulness of Moses, despite the sinfulness of the priests, and despite the sinfulness of Israel, the Lord is a God of mercy who spoke with them from off the mercy seat. God, though holy and hating sin, is also full of mercy and prescribed offerings for the people to offer Him. While these offerings cannot take away sin, they point to the One Sacrifice that would die for the sins of the world and extend His mercy around the globe.
Lord, thank You for Your mercy toward us. Thank You that You made a way for us to commune with You, to hear from You. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, and the mercy that we have found in Him. Help me to proclaim that mercy around the world. Amen.