READ: Zechariah 8:21-22
And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts…
We must wait on the Lord, learn our lessons well; in His timing He will tell where to go, what to do and what to say. Pastors and shepherds should make it a point to get away from their busy schedules and wait on God for even longer periods.
Jesus Himself retreated to the wilderness and mountains to pray. Praying for whole days on retreats is a very important aspect of a pastor’s schedule. Waiting actually involves pausing, slowing down and not rushing headlong into things.
The ministry is spiritual from beginning to end.
Full-time ministry always involves prayer and ministry of the Word.
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16).
Peter made it clear that his work was not arranging tables nor organizing food for his church members. His duty was to pray and minister the Word.
“…It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables…But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:2,4).
By Dag Heward-Mills.