Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
“For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘Let his dwelling place be desolate,
And let no one live in it’;
‘Let another take his office.’
“Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
They continued in prayer…they obey the instructions of Jesus and return to Jerusalem to wait… Peter follows the direction of Jesus and begins to take the reins of leadership. In this passage we see faith acted out, we see obedience without question, we are given an example to follow when we face times of decision-making. First the acts of obedience and being in a place or mind-set of prayer. Second, a clear identification of the need and /or problem to be solved. Next a look at scripture to find direction. Then a plan is developed and presented to the Lord in prayer, asking for His guidance in the outcome or final decision. Finally, the lots were cast and the final decision reached. It is wise to note the order, for God is a God of order, that is evident all around us in nature, in his creation. No action was taken until the scripture was consulted, until prayer was given. Jesus told them to ask anything in my Name and the Father will answer. We too can take our decisions first to the Lord for his direction, seek the scriptures and then pray over the options before taking any action, before making any final decision. Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and its righteousness, then all these things will be added… Seek from the Hebrew means : ask, desire, pray, request, make (petition). When we have needs, first go to the word of God then bring it to him in prayer. He will be faithful to answer.