Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015 “The Final Decision”

“At about that same time he climb mountain to pray. He was there all night in prayer before God. The next day he summoned his disciples; from them he selected twelve he designated as apostles” (Luke 6: 12-13)

Good Morning My Fellow Saints!

We all know 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. What one is going to have for dinner isn’t as big a call as deciding whether or not you’re going to “pop the question” to the love of your life. I recently faced such a time in my life when, after much prayer, I made the decision to retire at the end of this year. I love the work I do, but I also know that “to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” There is a time to labor, and a time to rest. I made the final decision as I was led to do by the Lord.

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, and that is 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. He did not make his decision based on outward appearances or by their eloquence. 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 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. 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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