Not really! But let me ask, “What did you do last night?” Maybe I shouldn’t have asked. Whatever you did last night affected what you did today. I guarantee it!
“Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him (Luke 21:37-38).
Mount Olivet was one of the favorite places for Jesus to pray. Olivet was a place where Jesus could spend time with the Father for extended periods of prayer. Prayer in the life of Jesus was not created by crisis. Impending conflict was not His greatest motivation for prayer. Jesus prayed so incessantly and faithfully because of the demands that were placed upon his life and ministry.
What is it about modern ministry that lacks the passion and pursuit for extended periods of prayer? Why are we so busy oiling the machinery of ministry with our gifts and skills instead of prayer and intercession? When will we enroll in the Jesus School of Prayer and learn how to do ministry from our knees as He did?
Luke lets us in on one of the most profound passages on the prayer life of Jesus. Luke tells us how Jesus won the day, everyday! Jesus spent the night in prayer. He went to Olivet to pray. He went at night because of the demands of the day. People crowded Him during the day. I also think He went alone because there are times when our prayers are so intimate and intense that privacy is required.
He was at the temple teaching. He was on the mount praying. He was back at the temple early the next morning to teach again. His schedule at this time in His ministry was temple, prayer, temple. He did public ministry during the day and prayer ministry at night. Each day I’m sure He closed with thanksgiving and requests. Surely, He would thank the Father for the day and then request from the Father the next day’s orders.
It was not what He did at church that created the clarity and superiority of His ministry. What he did at night in prayer before the Father gave Him a daily agenda and a fresh anointing. Ministry at the temple may make you popular. Prayer on the mount makes you powerful. Ministry at the temple puts you in front of people. Prayer on the mount puts you in front of the Father.
From the time we leave the sanctuary to the time we return, our days should be filled with ministry and our nights filled with prayer.