Why the Apostles Prayed
A Sermon on Acts 6:1-4
Seven Chosen to Serve
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (ESV)
The Apostles continually at prayer; the need for empowering by the Holy Spirit; the world's need and state identical to apostolic times; the need not for a new message; but for salvation; the Gospel and prayer are the priorities; pray for understanding.