Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015 “Decisions…Decisions…Decisions”

“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.  And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles.” (Luke 6: 12-13)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

All of us know very will that some decisions are made much more easily than others. For example, choosing which tie to wear with a particular shirt is a far less daunting task than deciding between job offers, especially when you have a wife who assists you in making the decision regarding the tie!  What one is going to have for dinner isn’t as daunting a call as deciding whether or not you’re going to “pop the question” to the love of your life. Ahh…Decisions…Decisions…Decisions! Throughout our lives, those times of difficult and important decisions are going to come, and as they do, it is the wise person who begins that decision process as did our Lord…with prayer. On this particular occasion recorded in Luke’s gospel, Jesus prays all night long about one of the most important decisions of his earthly ministry. By this time, he had gathered a following. From that following, (we don’t know how many there were, but it was no small number), he was prepared to choose twelve as apostles…twelve who would become his “inner circle” of support and ministry. He did not do this by casting lots, as was the custom of the day. He did not make his decision based on outward appearances or because of their eloquence or level of education. He didn’t even employ an interview process in making his decision. He did so by consulting His Heavenly Father, talking with Him all night in prayer. As you read the Gospels, you will take note of the fact that before every important event in his life, Jesus took time to go off by himself and pray. I think it is important to note that his final decision was not made by some committee of advisors. It was made by his engaging in a one-on-one session with God. Gathering advice from others is not unwise, and often helpful. But ultimate decisions should always be made by consulting with God. We do well to make sure that all those really important decisions are grounded in prayer. Before “popping the question” or making that important decision, put God first, and let Him also have the last word! Let’s pray!

“Almighty God: You are the Alpha and the Omega. As we seek your direction regarding the important decisions we make in life, may we see the wisdom in praying for Your guidance and direction, and then have the wisdom to follow Your lead. Thank You, Lord, our Guide and Stay. Amen!

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