Apostle Grace Lubega
Luke 2:37 (KJV); And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Prayer is one of the ways we serve God.
Some Christians have narrowed down service to the things they do with their hands and minds, for example ushering, singing in the choir or serving in the administration.
While those are examples of service, they are not the totality of it.
The mindset that assumes that prayer is not a service to God is the same mindset that thinks that prayer should be left to individuals in the ministry referred to as ‘intercessors.’
Some have substituted fellowship with God with the time they serve the ministry in their various capacities. Prayer as a form of service can and should never be substituted for anything.
How do we serve in prayer?
In prayer, God may reveal to you the struggles of brothers and sisters in the church so that you can ease these burdens through intercession. He may show you visions of people in dire situations and hanging on for dear life so that you can pray for them and rebuke death. That is service!
Diligent prayer is diligent service.
FURTHER STUDY: Ephesians 6:18, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
GOLDEN NUGGET: Diligent prayer is diligent service.
PRAYER: Father, I am grateful for Your instruction. Thank You for broadening my understanding of prayer. I know that it is more than a duty but it is one of the deepest ways that I serve You. I give myself to the Spirit of Prayer and allow Him to dictate the patterns of my life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.