Today we are reading Acts 1, the whole chapter is good to read through, but I have honed in on these verses today, starting in verse 12.
Acts 1: 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.” 18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms: “‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, “‘May another take his place of leadership.’ 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” 23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Do you pray over your decisions like this? They were all praying together constantly. I am sure you pray through some of your decisions by yourself, but how many devisions do you pray heavily over WITH people before deciding? It tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that we are supposed to be God’s ambassadors… yet we live lives mainly focused on our own decisions. We make giant life choices without fervent prayer. We generally choose things based upon our own human logic. 1 Cor 1:20, Proverbs 3:5, and countless other verses tell us to not rely on our own human wisdom.
Our minds have been overwhelmed with the wisdom of this world. We are brainwashed to believe the logic that we perceive around us. Yes, you can live according to this world’s logic: making decisions based upon prosperity or comfort, making decisions based upon our own desires, choosing a food to eat because it sounds yummy… yeah even that. These are all fleshly focused decisions. Yet God calls us to live differently. God calls us to seek His wisdom over everything else. You CAN make decisions based upon your own logic, you just can’t assume they are going to lead you to be connected with whatever God is doing. They may align with God’s current project, or God may use them even though they aren’t directly related. However, we will find more usefulness the more we call upon the Lord. I want to challenge you, in the very least, pray heftily over your major decisions. Do not do things because everyone does things. So, buying houses, moving, changing jobs, having children, etc. All of these things, and significantly more, you should be praying over. Maybe you don’t pray over what to eat yet, but the big things are important.
Why? Praying over the big things assure you aren’t filling your life with things that are detracting from what you SHOULD be doing. Most of us have a life that is overflowing with things that have nothing to do with God’s plan of redemption or worse, are actively pulling us away from realizing He isn’t involved in our life. We have homes, jobs, possessions, all things that likely stress us out or annoy us but we keep them daily for what purpose? We forget the reason of this life, and we forget the promise that we can trade this one anticipating a better one coming. Perhaps we don’t truly believe that. Perhaps our mouths are saying we believe we will be rewarded after this life is over but our actions show that we feel this is our only chance to find joy. What if you never find happiness in this life, what if you never find comfort, never find “fun” or “relaxing”? Would that be ok? Or would you work towards the “good things”?
Spend 1 minute thanking God for gifting you with salvation which means no matter how many mistakes you make the big thing is covered! Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God to direct you into how to pray, to give you a heart to seek Him to guide you. The Spirit is our power, you will not muster up enough desire to pray or change things. It has to be from Him. So pray, pray some more, and keep praying. If you want something deeper, start asking. If you are happy being a normal American with fire insurance, cool. I’m glad you’re saved! 🙂
The more you pray for direction the more you will find yourself in positions to evangelize and share the Good news. That’s the reality. So pray today for an opportunity. Then keep your eyes open because it’s hard to find an open door when your eyes are closed! 😛