The Lord Jesus has risen from the dead. What’s next?
Jesus walks among men for forty days. He tells the apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. He ascends into heaven. Matthias is chosen to replace Judas.
PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION (1:12-14)
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Jesus told them to wait. They went and spent time praying and asking God for wisdom and direction.
The only way we can discern God’s will in our lives is through prayer and the reading of God’s word, the Bible. God has revealed everything we would need to know through His word.
Do we desire to know God’s will for our lives? Enough to read what God wrote to us outlining His plan? And then to obey it? There’s the rub. We want God to see things our way, answer prayer the way we want, and give us what we desire. That is not how God works.
God sees the big picture. He knows everything about us. His plan for us will help us to grow and mature in Him. His plan brings Him glory and us closer to Him.
We have a choice to make. Follow God’s plan or reject it.
What will we do?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001