One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
How does the church in this day and age choose leaders? I’ve heard of the “faithful in little, faithful in much” principle (Luke 16:10), the Godly character and personality test (1 Timothy 3:2-7), congregational approval test (Acts 6:1-7) and a whole bunch of other assessments. It is indeed wise to ensure that the right person is put into the right role. Jesus picked out 12 special disciples (Apostles) to invest in heavily for 3 years to build His church. Out of the hundreds or thousands that followed Him around, these 12 were hand picked to be Apostles. So how did Jesus choose these Apostles?
Easy. He went to the mountain to pray and He prayed the whole night.
And why not? Since it is God who is able to see man’s heart and judge his character (1 Samuel 16:7; Jeremiah 17:10), what we really need to do is: ask Him. Well, Jesus did just that.
So what are we doing again?