“And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;”
As a Christian, not only should you experience progress in your knowledge of God’s word, there are also some disciplines you must develop. One of such is the culture of prayer. You must learn very early in your Christian walk to stay in the place of prayer.
If Jesus, the incarnate son of God, lived a life of prayer, how much more you? Jesus began his ministry by prayer. He sustained and wrapped up his ministry by prayer. So did Paul. Acts 13:2,3 says, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”
The place of prayer is the place of direction. Are you confused about what steps to take in your career, ministry or relationship? Spend time fasting and praying. A man who has the Holy Spirit is never confused about what to do next; when he prays, he gets a leading from the Holy Ghost on his inside about what steps to take next.
Another thing I want to point out here is the word ‘ministered’ used here. In the Greek, it means “leitourgeo”. This denotes the performance of official duties of any kind, and was used to express priestly functions under the Old Testament. Prayer in this passage isn’t just something to pass time; it is a duty – a responsibility. To not be prayerful is to be irresponsible.
Even after you have received direction in the place of prayer, don’t just run off. Like Saul and Barnabas in Acts 13, stay in the place of prayer to prepare for the assignment ahead.