Jesus rounded up his friends and took them up onto Carr Naze where they had a spectacular view of the glory of God's creation. And he sat them down, up there in the fresh air, with the skylarks singing above, and the sound of the waves below, and he started to teach them.
He taught them about the beautiful attitudes (Beatitudes) which are the hallmark of life for his followers. The eight statements which give a summary of how life centred on Christ should be - just like the Ten Commandments gave the ancient Jews their rulebook.
(Check this out at Matthew 5: 2 - 11. Try The Message version - it really brings the teaching to life.)
And when he'd finished teaching them he said to them: "Right, you lot, there's no point sitting around here all day. We've got work to do. All of us. I've told you how to live, now go and get on with it. Everyone has a job in my kingdom, whether its doing, or sitting with, or praying, or any number of others things. No excuses. No age barriers. Time to hit the road. Time for action. Then come back to me again and I'll teach you some more."
"Oh, and just one more thing before you go. Take a tip from my friend Paul. You don't know him yet, but you will do." "Pray at all times, and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere."
(Ephesians 6: 18)
Pray at all times. Don't get out of bed until you've started. And be persistent - keep at it! Keep turning to Jesus. Listening to him. Telling him. Getting to know him. Yielding to him. All through the day. Whenever you're awake in the night. You may not get immediate results, and you may not always get the results you're hoping for, but sooner or later the penny will drop. Get into the rhythm of going into action for Jesus, then coming back to him for refreshment and new instructions, then going out again in his strength.
That's what he told us to do. Isn't it worth a try???