After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples and all the believers gather together to devote themselves to prayers. As they are gathered, Peter brings up the need to replace the one who betrayed Jesus so that there would continue to be twelve disciples (in order to bring the gospel to the twelve tribes of Israel).
A few things to note concerning their decision: First, It was made only after prayerful consideration. Second, it had its basis in God’s word. Third, they had criteria for this new disciple (had to be with them from the baptism to the end). And finally, when it was down to two, they cast lots. Whether this casting lots was a roll of the dice, the drawing of straws, the flip of a coin, or possibly even a vote of the people, we do not know. What we do know is that they were trusting in God’s guidance in selecting the one to fill the role.
May our churches be as open to finding and doing God’s will as the early church.