Why was this responsibility delegated to others? The apostles knew they must “devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word” (6:4). It was how the church began and it was how the church was going to expand. The wording that Luke uses is very instructive; “we will devote ourselves” means, ‘to continue to do something with intense effort, with the possible implication of difficulty—‘to devote oneself to, to keep on, to persist in’ doing something of high importance. Considering what the Early Church faced, it is understandable why Luke uses this expression.
In all my experiences with the church over many years, these two devotions are least maintained by the church. Why? They are not given the importance that the Early Church gave them. How can we recapture prayer and the Word at the level we see in Acts? To five churches that were waning in their devotion, Jesus says one thing; “REPENT”! (Revelation 2:6, 16, 21-22; 3:3, 19). There are a few places in this world where the church is taking this path and God is answering with revival. Will you lead the way where you are?