As we saw yesterday, the strength and focus of apostolic ministry is prayer and the ministry of the Word. The early apostles in the book of Acts stated very clearly “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word.” (Acts 6:4)
Because of this focus the early Church chose six men to wait upon tables and do the ministry that was needed in the local church in order that the apostles could give themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. This way the early apostles were able to stay focused and do that which the Lord had called them to do. As well, this experience in the early church shows the importance of the “ministry of helps” to the apostle. (see also 1 Corinthians 12:28)
The results were powerful, “And the Word of God increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem” (Acts 6:7). Prayer and the ministry of the Word causes the apostolic
anointing to accomplish great things.
The ministry of Helps releases the apostle to concentrate on these two areas that are so vital to the ministry. Apostles must have time to pray and minister the Word in order to be effective.
Anything that takes them away from prayer and the ministry of the Word must be delegated to others.
This is why deacons were chosen and released in the book of Acts. It is important to note that they were not chosen to run the church but rather to relieve the Apostles so that they could prioritize and focus. This is the definition of helps ministry -TO RELIEVE.
Every apostle needs to find those that the Lord has called to come along side them to “help” so that they can stay focused and fulfill the call that is on their life and not become involved in the daily details of the ministry.