But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4)
The first priority of a man of God (or a church) is to give his energies to the ministry of prayer. Just the mention of prayer is enough to cause any conscious believer to fall to his knees in humble repentance.
Prayer can be defined as expressions of need that arise out of weakness.
Biblical prayer illustrates humility. Of course, there is an anemic, sickly praying (James 4:3, ask amiss). However, the Lord does not answer this type of praying. Our prayers must be God-centered and scripturally verbalized. Spiritual victories must be won by spiritual means. Harry Ironside worded it in this matter, “if we would prevail with men in public, we must prevail with God in private.” Men of God must believe that the Lord only, can reach the human heart. Salvation is of the Lord. Spiritual growth can only come by the Word of God illumined by the Spirit of God. Illumination, faith, and a contrite heart are gifts given from heaven. The means to reach men have been given to us by the Lord. However, the ultimate cause is of the Lord. If these concepts were more meditated upon and believed, then prayer as expression of need arises unto the Lord naturally, even as a man breathes without thought.
Prayer is the means of warfare in the spiritual struggle for revival and the souls of men. David exclaimed blessing unto the Lord for He had taught his hands to war, and his fingers to fight (Psalm 144:1). The church today does not have a geographical area to defend or reclaim. Our sphere is not material but spirit, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
The early church believed the priority of prayer. Jesus illustrated the necessity of this priority in His earthly ministry. May the Lord transform our churches into the reflection of the prayer life of Christ our Lord.