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Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen.”
Jesus has already ascended back into heaven, and 120 were gathered together in an upper room in Jerusalem. Certainly the eleven apostles were there, as well as a host of Jesus followers. Before they began praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they cast lots to choose between two God-fearing men, one of whom would fill in the place that Judas had left. Before they cast lots they “Prayed First.”
Whenever you face a big decision, and no matter how you come to your conclusion as to what to do, always “Pray First.” This was a huge decision the apostles faced, but even if it’s something small make sure the Lord is always included. That’s why it’s important to Pray First. You may already have your mind made up, but still Pray First. The power of prayer has to do with who you’re praying to. You don’t need to pray if it’s to some dead piece of stone or wood, but when you actually serve the living God of all the ages, for heaven’s sake Pray First. There’s not a lot said about the ministry of Mathias, but one thing we know. There’s no record of him ever betraying Jesus like the man he succeeded. I think it had to do with the apostles’ willingness to Pray First.
It’s my honor this AM to speak with You. Thank You that we who follow You are encouraged to come boldly before Your throne room of Grace. When we do, we always find mercy. Amen