Essential Information - The Warrior's Journey®

Essential Information

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

Virginia Guard chaplain support teams support military personnel in Louisiana. Photo by Coast Guard is licensed under CC By 2.0

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. (Luke 6:12,13)

Military leadership includes sound and timely decision making as one of its core principles. Having the essential information and guidance is critical to making the best decisions. Failure in this area may cause unnecessary casualties and even prevent mission accomplishment. In our personal lives, essential information and guidance are equally necessary. Ironically, we frequently overlook our best source of help — our Heavenly Commander-in- Chief.

Jesus consulted His Father all night before choosing His 12 disciples. Jesus knew the importance of the decision facing Him. He wanted to do His Father’s will. Our tendency is to think that all essential information will come from human levels. We can get much help from these sources, but they are no substitute for information directly from the Lord. Do you know that your decisions are important to the Lord? God will provide the essential information and guidance you need as you read His Word and pray.

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