ARTICLE: NOW REVEALED: SECRET OF MINISTRY 1
What principles did Jesus and the apostles apply to have successful ministries? What principles did Jesus leave for his disciples?
We have been taught keys for breakthrough in ministry. But what does the scriptures reveal as the wheel on which life and ministry run?
Scripture reveals the basic secret of life and ministry!
Jam. 4:2 ‘…ye have not because ye asked not…’
What ever we need for life and ministry can be gotten through prayers! We may not have it immediately we start praying but surely as we continue in prayer, all needs will be supplied! Need in ministry is an invitation to pray!
Jam. 5: 14 “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray…”
Afflictions in life and ministry are to be handled through prayers! Every challenge or attack in ministry is a call to pray!
Jam. 5: 17 “And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth brought forth her fruit”
A minister or ministry which is going through a period of dryness and fruitlessness can bounce back into a season of rain and fruitfulness if he can pray again! Servant of God, pray again!
Lk.10: 2 “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he would send forth laborers into his harvest ”
Laborers and helpers in ministry are to be gathered through prayers! Members and church growth can come by prayer! The Lord will send forth members into our ministries as we pray! Lack of members, partners or helpers in ministry is a wakeup call to pray!
Eph. 1: 16-18 “Cease not…in my prayers… that… the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened…”
Our weak and ignorant members can understand what we preach or teach if we continue to pray for them! Continuous, perseverant prayer is the secret!
1Tim. 2:1,2 ” …first of all, prayer and intercession… be made for all men, for kings and all in authority that we may lead a quite and peaceable life…”
Cooperation from the government and the society in the land where we are can be secured through persistent prayers!
Acts 4: 24-33 “…by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done…and when they had prayed… With great power gave the apostles witness…”
Signs and wonders can be secured in ministry through prayer! Notice that when they had prayed things began to happen!
Our weak and powerless ministries can be turned around in the place of earnest and relentless prayers!
Acts 9: 40 “…Peter… Kneeled down and prayed… said, Tabitha, arise! And she opened her eyes…”
Dead ministries, businesses and marriages can be raised back to life through prayer! God works through fervent and intensified prayers!
Rev. 3: 7: “…he that openeth and no man shutteth…”
God is still opening doors of ministry!
Mt. 7:7, 8: “…to him that knocketh, it shall be opened”
Only through persistent prayers can we access every door of ministry! No door is shut to the one who prays!
Prayer sustains direction, provision and power in life and ministry! Prayer is the arm that sustains what ever God has committed into your hands!
Heb. 5: 7 “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared”
Jesus engaged in intense and relentless prayers when he was on earth!
This is the Ancient Secret of the Lamb and the Bribe!