After Paul and Silas revisited the churches in Galatia, the question was; where would they go next? It is always a challenge to any ministry, particularly mission endeavors. We must know clearly where God is leading. It was not that difficult for Paul; “having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not allow them” (Acts 16:6-7). I long to have that degree of sensitivity to the Spirit. It was followed by confirmation that’s they should “go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (16:10).
Though prayer is not specifically mentioned in these verses, we can gather from verse 13 that Paul placed a high priority on prayer. It was a large part of his dependent attitude toward all he did. As they sailed from Troas, with stops at Samothrace and Neapolis, I can only imagine the time Paul and Silas spent thanking God for the way He had directed them and praying that He would open effective doors before them as they entered the city of Macedonia. They headed to a river in Philippi “where [they] supposed there was a place of prayer”. What is your priority in ministry?
If we truly are led by the Spirit through dependent prayer, it should not surprise us that three things are going to happen:
1. Satan will use his emissaries in an attempt to discourage or persecute so that the work of God stops.
2. God will give us great joy in the face of difficulties if we are dependent in prayer. A jail cell becomes a cathedral of praise such that God moves the earth and the souls of men.
3. God will open hearts to believe the gospel and persons will immediately obey in baptism.
How close is your walk with the Lord? Is it such that the Spirit can clearly make known the mind of God and make your ministry more effective?
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