Acts 6:4 NKJV
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.
When the apostles found out that there was a dispute between members of the church, they instructed the body to select 7 men to resolve the issue. These 7 that were chosen became known as the first deacons. The task was delegated to layman so the spiritual leaders could devote themselves to prayer and ministering the Word without distractions. Whether or not we are in the five-fold ministry, we have to watch out for distractions that keep us from spending sufficient time in prayer. If our prayer life is not what it should be, just as the apostles found a way to eliminate a distraction we must find ways to eliminate distractions so we can spend time in prayer. Prayer is not an option. We need to pray. So, let’s sacrifice options to take care of necessities.