Read Acts 1 today.

Acts 1:20-26 NLT[20] Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.’ It also says, ‘Let someone else take his position.’ [21] “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus- [22] from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.” [23] So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. [24] Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen [25] as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” [26] Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.
There are three things I noticed within this text.
The first is that the disciples recognized the need to replace Judas. The assignment of being a witness to the resurrection of Jesus was too important to let it go unfulfilled. They needed a replacement in order to keep telling the story.
The second is the disciples recognized the replacement for Judas needed to be qualified. They did not merely look for someone who was available. Nor did they look for someone who might be their favorite, as if it were a popularity contest. They looked for someone who had been with them from throughout Jesus’ ministry. The fact that Joseph and Matthias had been with them, even while not being ‘official’ disciples demonstrated their desire to be with Jesus and His disciples.
The third is the disciples recognized the replacement needed to be the person chosen by God. They did not sit around discussing their opinions, but instead they sought to discern God’s choice through prayer. We may disagree with their decision to select a replacement through the casting of lots, but they chose to put the decision in God’s hands.
In this matter, it seemed as if they recognized God’s priorities, made use of knowledge they already had, and sought God’s will in moving forward. Is this how we make decisions?