Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090616.cfm
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.
Jesus always departed to pray to God before He did His work. This time before He chose His followers. Prayer is that important. It helps us to make the right decisions, every day, no matter what we are doing. Do you pray before the big decisions in your life? Do you ask for His guidance? Your world might improve if you do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always remember to pray to you for help and guidance when I face big decisions in my life. I remember the small things, but Lord I need your help even more with the big ones. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord takes delight in his people.