Prayer and the Word!
“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Act 6:4
During certain periods, the early church faced major challenges, having many duties, responsibilities, and people to keep up with. The church was greatly increasing such that some part of it was being neglected. And it is crucial all members of the church must stay connected. It was huge that they had to set up a new committee to take care of certain ministry parts.
Irrespective of the trials and challenges, they never forgot their major priorities; prayer and word. While they were chasing lost souls and sheep, they never lost their major tool: ‘prayer and the word.’ They know what makes them special before their ministry becomes known and expand in the world and beyond. They never took their source of inspiration, power, and strength for granted.
John 15:7 says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
What about you? Is there anything in your life drawing you away from God? Examine yourself now and makes every necessary adjustment that will draw you closer to God’s presence. It’s a simple but powerful way to renew your faith and strengthen your relationship with God. Prayer and reading the word of God is a great way to tame your mind and heart. It’s a tool to help you find peace in your life and make sure that you are not tempted by temptation.
Jesus understood the importance of prayer and the word; He was so passionate and gave Himself into it. Every time we pray, we are edified, and every time we read the word, we receive power and life. Fervent prayer and diligent reading of the word of God should be a major duty of a true believer. Do not allow any form of distraction. Be sensitive! Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
1. Oh Lord, thank you for this great reminder to keep my heart in your presence.
2. Help me to be sensitive to every form of distraction, Lord. I receive the grace to continue in you and for you in Jesus’ name. Amen.