Help for the Stressed-Out Preacher or Christian Worker, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #210)


TEXT: Acts 6:1-4

1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 209 messages in this series.

This is message #210 titled, Help for the Stressed-Out Preacher or Christian Worker, Part 3

In our passage for today, we find the apostles of Christ facing a dilemma which many pastors today may be familiar with. The 12 disciples spent most of their time praying, preaching the Gospel and baptizing new believers. That was what Christ had commanded them to do just before he left. However, as time went on, they began to add to their duties other things that needed to be done in the church. These other ministry responsibilities, which were all good and necessary things to do, threatened to take away from their main purpose of praying and preaching the Gospel.

As the apostles would not allow this to be the case, their ministry to the widows of the church suffered, and the Greeks complained that only Jewish widows were getting the attention of the apostles. How did the apostles handle this situation? First, they realized that they could not do everything. And, second, they began to delegate.

Verse 3 tells us that they said, “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” The disciples realized that they could not and should not try to do everything in the church. They realized that God could raise up others who were just as filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom as they were, but who had a different calling on their life. Notice, they did not say, ‘Let’s pray that God would send someone or raise up someone to lead this ministry.’ They said, “Look ye out among you seven men…” These seven spirit-filled men were already in the church. They just needed to be put to work.

Many pastors today can benefit from following the apostles’ example. Jim Putman, author of “Church Is a Team Sport,” said, “A pastor can’t do everything, but his responsibility is to make sure all the positions on the team are filled.” A pastor can’t be a quarterback, running back, tight end, and a defensive lineman all at the same time. He must stick to what God has uniquely called and gifted Him to do, and that is to preach the Gospel and to pray. Any expert on productivity will tell you that there is value in focusing on one or two main things and letting others who have a different skillset handle other matters. Stanley Cherkasky said, “Fewer than forty percent of leaders know how to successfully delegate. In fact, delegation is one of the most underutilized skills. But the fact is that in order to increase productivity—delegation is essential.”

The disciples knew that if they wanted to reach the maximum number of people with the Gospel, they needed to focus all their attention on prayer and preaching the Gospel . By delegating other tasks to church members who were filled with the Holy Spirit, they were able to continue preaching the Gospel without letting any of the church’s other ministries suffer.

Pastor or Christian worker, the devil wants you to be sidetracked by all the other “good” things that you could be doing. However, if you are stressed-out, depressed, or anxious, it may very well be because you are not doing what God has called you to do. And that is prayer and preaching the Gospel so that souls can be saved. Shed everything else and focus on that. If you have been called to preach, it is better for you to spend your time ‘in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.’

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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