“And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen”
The Lord led all of the disciples, not just the 12 apostles to these two men. Then they did not make the mistake that Israel did when appointing Saul as king, and choose for themselves, but they prayed to the Lord who knows all things, and all people, and asked God to reveal to them which man would replace Judas. This would have been the first public prayer of the church. This is their first decision without Jesus physically with them, so they pray, and they pray all together publicly. We must do both as followers of Jesus
Pray in community
We must have a personal and public prayer life. Whenever we are faced with an impossible decision, we pray. And even more so, when we know what to do, we pray and make sure we are with God, and not out ahead doing our own thing. To pray is to make God the object of our faith, and acknowledge God as the only One who can answer prayer. This is good privately but very powerful publicly. Father God, help me today in both, praying and seeking You in private, but also, as I pray and elevate You publicly today, give me grace upon grace for all You have made me to do, and built me to do today, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
ACTION: PRAY Publicly and Privately