The tough choice

James R. Neal

Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles. Luke 6:12-13 NRSV

When we face a difficult decision there are numerous resources to which we may turn. Family, friends, mentors – these all may be good sources of advice. Add in an online search and you’ll have innumerable other options.

And, for people of faith, there is prayer. But what role does prayer play in our decision-making? Is it the center of our efforts? Or, is it an afterthought? Often, I think it is the latter. It goes something like: “Dear God, now that I’ve consulted my friends, family, and social media, please help me make the decision that is best for me.”

So, what role should prayer play? Jesus –…

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