Pray, Set Yourself Apart, and Go
Posted: Monday, June 18
1 Kings 19:1-21
Verse of the day:
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)
The early church was filled with men and women with diverse spiritual gifts. In the city of Antioch there were five prominent people who were prophets and teachers. They were of different places, races, and age groups. Their common denominator was they were committed followers of Christ and they were called to serve the church. In Acts 13 we find them at a prayer meeting where they were worshiping and fasting. As they were seeking the Lord, the Holy Spirit spoke to them.
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3
Verse 2 uses the word they. “They” likely refers to the entire congregation and not just the five men named in verse 1. In Acts 13 the prayer meeting resulted in the church involving itself in missions. The church most likely did not meet for this prayer meeting because of a deep burden for the lost. They simply met in prayer because they loved to hear from God and wanted His direction.
In that prayer meeting the Holy Spirit spoke to them and had them send off two of their key leaders. Barnabas and Saul (Paul) were going to the mission field! It is interesting to note that Paul was called to preach Christ to the Gentiles in Acts 9. Years have passed until he was finally sent off in Acts 13. Paul faithfully and fruitfully served in the local church until it was the correct time for him to go and fulfill his calling.
My encouragement to you is that you pray with the rest of the church. Be involved in the Sunday services, prayer meetings, and worship gatherings. God wants to speak to all of you and reveal His heart to the entire church body.
God wants to use all of us as His church. As we seek Him in prayer He will reveal His desire for us. Maybe you have received a specific calling from God or maybe not yet. However, you can be like Paul, while you wait, faithfully serve in your church. Take steps to live out your calling now. Set yourself aside for God’s service. If you will separate to God, it means you must separate from some other things. Paul would later write in Ephesians 2:10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Here, God called Barnabas and Saul to those kinds of good works. What good works has God called you to do today?