Luke 6:12–16 (Listen)
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Rooted in Prayer
Luke 6:12-16 has some of the most significant names in the Bible, and they weren’t chosen by accident. This is one instance in which Jesus prayed before making an important decision. Notice that it wasn’t a quick breath prayer – Jesus went up to a mountain and prayed all night. Extensive praying is sometimes necessary. We should follow in the footsteps of Jesus in praying for the right individuals to come into our lives. They may not be in the form of who you expect, but Jesus uses ordinary people to achieve His will on a daily basis.