God Has the Answers to Our Questions
Key Verse to Read and Treasure
And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justice, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place. And they casts lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:23-26, ESV)
Immediately as we begin reading the Book of Acts, we learn how powerfully the Holy Spirit was moving in the lives and ministry of those Jesus left to carry on with the work he started and establishing the Church. Everything the apostles did they did by the power of the Holy Spirit and supported by prayer. Jesus was always faithful to hear their prayers, receive their concerns, answer them, and provide whatever assistance was needed so they would be successful in all He had assigned them to do.
At times we might feel an obligation to already know the answers to the things we face or for decisions we need to make. As though believers are supposed to have all the answers or know exactly what to do [next]. We might forget the examples we have in the Scriptures and that the Lord does not expect us to know all by ourselves what needs to be done or how to get it done. But is willing to supply the answers we need, not just about direction in ministry and reaching a lost and confused world and people, but daily living and that includes all the normal and routine activities of life.
Praying our questions can become a powerful way to experience the Lord’s promises, his presence with us, and his promised guidance. When we pray and ask the Lord what, when, where, why, and how, he gives us the answers and direction needed. He knows our questions are not rhetorical—those questions we can ask someone at times that don’t really need a response—but we are asking Him because we truly don’t know and are depending on Him to direct us. He knows we can’t move forward without His response or reply.
The eleven apostles didn’t know whom to put in Judas’s vacant spot. They could have just gone with their own thoughts or taken a vote without going to the Lord to ask, but they knew from watching how Jesus went to the Father to get answers, that they would do likewise and would get an answer. Whether we are in need of direction, clarification, or how to get something done, Jesus has the answer and is willing, eager to supply our answer.
Praying Acts 1:23-26
Jesus, You truly do have the answers we need for whatever we are facing or going through. When we don’t know the way to go or what to do going forward or how to get something accomplished all we need to do is come to You. There are no questions off limits, no questions considered silly or stupid. All we need to do is ask and we will receive a response from You. Amen
Have you been praying the answer or solution instead of asking Jesus a question?