“We will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4). Prayer and the ministry of God’s word – these are to be important priorities in the lives of God’s servants – but this is not all that’s done by the people of God. when we read these words in the light of the preceding verses, we see that there was other work that also needed to be done.
“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing,the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.”” (Acts 6:1-4).
Pray to God, preach His Word – and care for the people.