by Donald Cantrell

The Word Of God And Prayer Must Be A Priority (5 of 14)
Series: It Was Just A Prayer Meeting
Donald Cantrell
Acts 6:1-7

Act 6:1 KJV - 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.

Act 6:2 KJV - 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.

Act 6:3 KJV - 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.

Act 6:4 KJV - But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Act 6:5 KJV - 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:

Act 6:6 KJV - Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them.

Act 6:7 KJV - 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.


The early church was encountering major problems and if they wavered on their priorities, we might not have witnessed the massive growth of those early days. We must maintain the priority of prayer and the Word of God. They are intertwined and cannot be separated or minimized.

Haddon Robinson points out that one old recipe for rabbit started out with this injunction: ''First catch the rabbit.'' Says Robinson: ''The writer knew how to put first things first. That's what we do when we establish priorities -- we put the things that should be in first place in their proper order.

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