They also obeyed the Scripture and prayed over the replacement of Judas. “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen to take part in the ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts 1:25). Of course, we know that Matthias was chosen.
Finally, we see they were in the right place at the right time when the Spirit came.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).
Here’s the point. Both ministry leadership and ministry enablement were revealed while they waited on the Lord in prayer. In our church we may know “what” is to be done, but the “when,” “how,” and “where” needs to come from the Lord. We may do the right thing, but in the wrong way, or at the wrong time, in the wrong strength. In prayer we can see God birth the plan He has ordained for us. Remember, their praying did not make Pentecost happen, but it put them in the place where God had chosen to work.
God’s direction for ministry is birthed when good ideas and great needs are bathed in united prayer. The pattern of praying in Jesus’ Name started at this time (John 14:13,14). How much easier and more enjoyable are our labors when we know we are being carried along and enabled by the Holy Spirit under Jesus’ authority?
Sometimes the best way to move ahead is to stop and pray until we know for sure what the first step is.
Birthing a ministry is a call to prayer. Man-centered ministry is a total waste of time, money, and reward (wood, hay, stubble). Need-centered ministry alone eventually will lack grace to go on. God-centered ministry will set us on course for the hope of glory.