“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
This statement in Acts 6:4 was made by the Apostle Peter to express the priority he knew he and the other apostles had to give to the Word of God and to prayer if the infant church was to accomplish its mission in the world. Clearly, it is by means of these two, basic things – God’s Word and prayer – that the power of God must triumph and move forward in this world. That’s why your elders are always encouraging you to make room in your life for both these priorities – the Word of God and prayer.
First, as I exhorted you last week, give regular attention to God as he speaks through His Word. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.” It doesn’t matter that much which reading plan you use, but do have a plan. Be intentional about it! The point is to get your face into God’s Word daily, or better yet, get God’s word into you. In addition to the daily reading the Scripture, it’s also important to put yourself under the regular preaching and teaching of God’s Word through faithful participation in a Bible study and worship. Remember, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rm 10:17)
Second, along with the Bible, it is vital that we give our attention to seeking God through prayer. Surely every believer understand this We need the regular communion and correction prayer brings to our lives to re-orient us to God after being pulled away by so many other competing interests in the world. So be sure to schedule regular times of prayer in your own life and home. But then, be just as sure not to neglect the important place of corporate prayer. Just like the early church which met often for prayer, we need to join together in prayer far more frequently than we do. It is vital! With that in mind, let me urge you to join me for prayer this Wednesday at 7 PM here at Rockport
Seeking to live Soli Deo Glory (For God’s Glory Alone)