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 priorities of the Christian life, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, are the Gospel and prayer! The Doctor continues his series on the book of Acts and here, he specifically looks at the apostles’ emphasis on prayer. “Even Orthodoxy is not enough.” says Lloyd-Jones, “It needs prayer” The early church knew that they ought to pray and preach the Word of God because the primary task of the church is to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. But how? How should they faithfully fulfill this purpose? The Doctor compares this dilemma with the modern church and strictly warns against churches relying on the method of men rather than on the method of God. While the method of men will try to improve their own abilities and comfort in communication and programs, the method of God ultimately seeks after God’s power, wisdom and Spirit to work in the hearts of men. By praying, the apostles sought power and strength from God’s Spirit to change the people’s hearts. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones urges and pleads the Christians to show dependence on God through prayer.