Acts 6:1-4 And in these days, as the disciples were multiplying in number, a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews occurred, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily dispensing.
And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said, It is not fitting for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.
But brothers, look for seven well-attested men from among you, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this need.
But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.
I’ve been impressed with the importance of prayer in relation to so many things. And here in Acts chapter 6 we see what the early disciples had practiced. They were first a praying people. They just didn’t go out and do things randomly without praying first. Second they were given to the ministry of the word! How awesome! But these two go together. They are inseparable. Don’t divorce yourself from prayer! How many people are bold to speak many things in the name of God. But how much prayer is there before God? This is the real test. This is a principle in the bible. Another sidebar is that they were not alone they were a group. There is something to be said for praying with others in twos or threes or more. When we pray together there is more firepower (Matthew 18:19-20). Their prayer afforded them the divine strength and power needed for the ministry of the word. So their speaking had impact and surely was the Lord’s speaking. They were truly the Lord’s continuation on the earth.