Rev Cheong Yew Kwong
April 19, 2020
Pray, Direction Yet Not Clear. What To Do Next?
After Jesus ascended back to heaven, the eleven apostles of the Lamb returned to Jerusalem to the upper room. With the eleven were Jesus’ mother and other women, together with Jesus’ brothers (James, who later became the pastor of the Jerusalem church). Another Scripture says there were120 of them in the upper room.
They all continued to pray with one accord, one mind, and one purpose, in prayer and supplication. Supplication prayer is earnest, heartfelt, fervent, and involves pleading.
They did not know what they were praying for. What was this promise? What was this baptism with the Holy Spirit?
They also did not know they were about to make a crucial decision.
Before they prayed, they were not even aware they had to find someone to take over the place of Judas Iscariot.
Very often, after much praying in unknown tongues, then we realise in our spirit there is a decision that needs to be made on a certain matter.
Peter was reminded from Scriptures in the book of Psalms and received revelation.
Jesus did not leave any instructions for Judas Iscariot’s replacement. Peter only received the revelation while praying with the others. Can you imagine with such an important matter, Jesus did not leave any word.
The 120 of them prayed with prayer and supplication. Revelation from Scriptures came and they knew they needed to find someone to replace Judas Iscariot.
After much prayer, they nominated the first person but he was not the one. At first Joseph seemed like the right choice. Then Matthias seemed to be the right one, so they nominated both of them. If the inner witness was so clear in their spirit, they would have immediately appointed Matthias to replace Judas.
At times after prayer, you may feel inclined towards one solution but when another solution is presented, the choice seems good also. It is not that clear which direction to take.