Devotional 6/30

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles… Luke 6:12-13

Crossroads are where we find God.

Why pray if God is always in control? Well one thing I have learned is that God works with us. The Lord knows who fears Him, and Psalm 25:12, says that He will he instruct us in the way that we should choose. Do you have to make vital decisions in your life today? Welcome to the club, you and me both!

I remember being impacted by the fact that Jesus chose His disciples after coming out of an all night prayer, or vigil. A vigil is when we sacrifice sleep, to come before God and seek His face. Sometimes we can get so used to talking to God that we unknowingly lose the seeking aspect of prayer.

Seek:

  • attempt to find (something)
  • Attempt or desire to achieve or obtain (something)
  • Ask for (something) from someone

If we reflect on the Lord’s Prayer life we see that He was interested in making the correct choices. He had many followers, but He needed God’s help to choose which 12 were to be appointed apostles to expand the kingdom of God. The Lord did not lean into His own desires (flesh), or intellect (soul) to choose these 12 men. Not only would these men be important and necessary to the Lord’s ministry at the time, but these men would also advance the kingdom of God in the future.

It’s normal to make decisions according to what we see at the moment. We can even be hasty, making rational or emotional decisions, but like the Lord Jesus, we should humble ourselves and ask God for His will. What is your preference in this situation Lord? What have you willed for this moment in my life? How will my decision today after my calling 20 years from now?

It’s important to consider that the decisions we make impact our future. Our purpose stays the same, but we create our destinies. This is why we have free will, God works with the decisions we make and He works the bad ones to good, depending on the condition of our hearts. Seeking God when making decisions brings us into God’s peace and divine order because our aim is to please Him. The Lord knows what is beneficial to us now, and He also knows what is beneficial for the future.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, as limited as we are I present to you what our eyes can see and how our minds perceive things. I pray for an increase of wisdom in order to make the correct decisions that will benefit us now and also in the future. I know it is your will that we stand firm in the firm and preach the gospel, so I ask for those relationships and divine appointments that are designed to advance your kingdom. I also ask you Jesus to take control of our emotions in case they will lead us astray, and even if our logic in case we may walk by sight and not by faith. In the name matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

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