Our Focus: Prayer and the Word of GodBro. David Chancellor
9/28/2003 11:00 AM
Happiness is found in God. The word of God and living for God are whats important. For those who are serving God, these things are their passion.
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
What matters to those of us who serve God? Here was a multitude of people, and wherever theres a multitude of people, problems will come up. How do we handle the problems that come up? Life has problems, and even salvation doesnt change that. Salvation provides the solution to the problems.
What is our approach to problems? How did these take care of the problem? Its not reasonable to lose our focus because problems come up. Keep your focus on the spiritual side of life. These wanted to focus on the needs of souls. Other problems are an outcropping of a spiritual need. Self-control is a spiritual problem. Getting souls needs met takes care of other problems. Theres a need in the heart of man that is the focus of Gods people. Without the souls need being met, the problem will re-occur. The need of the soul is the priority. When it comes to the work of God, you need people who are of honest report and who are full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom.
Having the Spirit of God within will affect your attitudes. Were trying to lift up Christ before a lost world. This is what is significant and important. We need people full of the Holy Ghost, who are of a good report, to do the natural things. Bur our purpose is to show people the way to God.
Our priorities are prayer and the ministry of the word. These should matter to each one of us. If we keep this emphasis, well prosper as Christians. Prayer and the word of God go together. Theyre essential to our spiritual well-being. Finding the answer to problems takes both prayer and the word of God. Prayer leads to the word of God. If you slack off on these two things, youll have problems. We dont want to treat the symptoms, though. Taking a painkiller doesnt cure the disease. The word and prayer have to be our priority. Commune with God to find the answers that you need for lifes problems. God can guide us in all that we face. You dont want a minister who doesnt focus on the word and on prayer. These are the priorities of our lives. We cant let them slide. Theyre so important! We need God. Get to know him. Prayer is the soul crying out to God.
We need people given to prayer and to the word of God. We can get through lifes problems if were faithful to seek God. God can help us to know when to do and what actions to take. Keep your focus on God. We cant afford to focus on other things. What most people really need is God. If you have a need, you need God to supply that need. Pray and seek God in his word.