Daily Read – Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29; Luke 6:12-38; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 11:27
Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray,
and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day,
He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John;
Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus,
and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.
Throughout His life, Jesus demonstrated and modeled the heart and love of the Father. He is the living and breathing example of how a believer should live on earth. He did nothing on His own for He only did what He saw His Father do and He only said what He heard His Father say. This was possible because He spent intimate time in prayer. He was in relationship with His Father communing with Him on a consistent and frequent basis.
The Bible records many examples of Jesus praying before the release of miracles, signs, wonders, and healings. It is also clear He made major decisions only after extended times of prayer as we read in Luke 6:12-16.
In this account, Jesus withdrew from His disciples spending the entire night in prayer with God regarding the appointment of twelve apostles. Have you ever wondered why He chose these particular disciples? After all, among His choices was Peter who would deny Him three times and then there is Judas Iscariot who became a traitor. Remember, Jesus did absolutely nothing that the Father did not first approve. The Omniscient God knew what the future held for these two men, but He approved and released Jesus to appoint them.
As believers, we have the responsibility to bathe and cover everything we do in prayer. We must seek God in everything and invite Him to guide the decisions we make. After prayer, the results and answers belong to His sovereignty; they belong to Him. We don’t know what the future holds, but He does. We may not understand why He tells us to do certain things, but He has a providential plan.
Imagine for a few minutes, the reaction of the crowd when Jesus introduced His twelve. You have to know the multitude expressed their opinions and disapproval pointing out their faults and even questioning the wisdom of Jesus in His choices.
People may not understand the decisions you make or the direction you decide to walk, but you have to obey what the Lord instructs you to do regardless of their opinions. Your first allegiance is to God. There is wisdom in seeking the counsel of Godly people; in fact, the Word of God says there is safety in the multitude of counselors. However; ultimately, the decision is between you and God to make.
The key in all of this is to seek the Lord in earnest prayer before making any decisions. Doing this assures the blessings of the Lord on your life.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I have taken decisions out of Your hands and proceeded forward without seeking Your counsel. I repent for living out of an independent spirit. I need You in every facet of my life. I need Your wisdom in every decision I make. As You so beautifully demonstrated, I need to bring everything before You in prayer. I want to know You as You know the Father. I want all that I do and say to come from knowing You intimately. I surrender all that I pray into Your sovereign hands. I trust You with the results knowing there is a providential plan for every area of my life. Amen!