(Esther 7-10, Acts 6)

4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4)

With so much activity, and all of the noise that comes from the deluge of social media, have we lost the ability to think? Have we lost the art of pondering? Have we disregarded quiet meditation? In a world where content is king, is there a tendency in us to share a truth before we have learned how to apply it and allow it to work through our own lives?

True apostolic leadership isn’t scared of the quiet; it is afraid of the noise. It takes time to pray, and it takes a tremendous amount of time to study the word. The word of God cuts like a knife, and it must first perform its work within the messenger. This time set aside for prayer and study must be protected at all cost.

Today, with so much noise, the temptation is to promote a truth before we have had the chance to be genuinely confronted with it ourselves. Resist this temptation! It will not save you or your hearers. Take your time. Learn to pray. Learn how to give yourself to the ministry of the word. In this culture of noise, don’t be afraid to be quiet. Who knows? Maybe silence is the new shout.