It has been my experience over many years of ministry that most ministers fall short of giving themselves to prayer and the Word.
“But we will [continue to] devote ourselves [steadfastly] to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4)
Today we have too much focus on the intellect and degrees and education. The late prophecy teacher, Hilton Sutton, told me privately that he believed the greatest deterrent to real revival in the West was education. His analysis surprised me, but I knew exactly what he was saying.
The reason this is so, is because we have a subtle unbelief that prayer and the Word is simply not enough. We certainly are not against education, but it needs to be thoroughly sanctified against the backdrop of all the knowledge that is available at our fingertips today. Literally.
DO YOU LOVE THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT?
My wife and I have given ourselves to prayer and the Word for four decades. I as so naive as a young Bible school student I was surprised to know that a preacher could actually be paid for giving himself to prayer and the Word. I was elated! What an honor the Lord has bestowed on my life through these many years! It has always been such a joy and delight. Honestly, I’ve never been interested in much of anything else. Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m a sportsman and I enjoy sports. I enjoy a few other natural delights in this earthly life, but earthly joys have never had my heart.
I love to pray. I love the word of God. I love the things of the Spirit. Actually, even at my age, I am fascinated with eternal things and God’s wisdom and ways. The Lord has put a holy hunger in my heart for Him and His Word. I can sit around for hours and talk about the word of God with interested heaters. He has graced my life with teachers and fathers of great spiritual stature. In my early days my life was quickly established on a good foundation. Plus, I have the best friends. My closest companions are those who fear the Lord and burn for Him. To God be all the glory. None of this is my own doing. You have what you have in your life because of your associations.
WHAT DOES THIS ALL HAVE TO DO WITH THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT?