When I was in college, my university hosted an event called 24. For 24 hours the chapel on campus was open for prayer. Teams signed up play live music around the clock, and students were exempt from curfew to pray during the wee hours of the morning. Coincidentally, that was always the most popular time! One particular time, I was struggling to choose my major and I spent several hours that night seeking God’s will for my future. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Did God give me a perfectly laid out plan for my education and future career? I wish! He didn’t spell it out for me, but he gave me the confidence to move forward with the answer I had been leaning toward. The next morning, I declared my Communication major with peace, knowing that through time spent in prayer I was growing closer to my Savior. My education was simply a set of skills I would use, not my identity.
Luke 6:12-13 says, "One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles."
Have you ever been faced with a big decision? What did you do to find direction for which way to go? Jesus sets the example of dedicating time away to think and pray before making a big decision.
The next time you’re faced with a decision, big or small, and you don’t know what to do- I challenge you to dedicate some of your sleeping time to God. Maybe before bed or early in the morning, because it seems that His voice is clearer in the quiet moments.
Sam Brown is a founding plant team member at The Table. For the past 5 years she has served on our Leadership Team and oversees all communications aspects as a member on our staff.