Then they said to him
What must we do to perform the works of God?
This is the work of God
That you believe in him
Whom he sent. …
It is the spirit that gives life
The flesh is useless.
The words I have spoken to you
Are spirit and life. …
Do not be deceived:
God is not mocked
For you reap what you sow.
If you sow to your own flesh
You will reap corruption from the flesh
But if you sow to the Spirit
You will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right
For we will reap at harvest time
If we do not give up.
So then, whenever we have an opportunity
Let us work for the good of all
And especially for the family of faith. …
May I never boast of anything
Except the cross of our Lord
By which the world has been crucified to me
And I to the world.
For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything
But a new creation is everything! [live by the Spirit]
As for those who will follow this rule—
Peace be upon them
And upon the Israel of God.
-John 6:28, 63; Galatians 6:7-10, 14-16
It’s not unusual to hear those who have surrendered their lives to Yeshua say that they ‘feel called’ or want to be in ministry. Often they mean ministry with a capital ‘M’. A great many others perform ministry (lowercase ‘m’) in helps and hospitality. But no matter whether it’s a capital ‘M’ or lowercase ‘m’ ministry, a majority of believers choose the well-worn path that leads to ‘traditional ministries’.
The only Ministry to which we have all been called is the Ministry of Belief, and from that ministry flow all the works “for the good of all”. The Ministry of Belief has three requirements: the acknowledged Lordship of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, praying in the Spirit, and living by the Spirit. Fulfilling these requirements leads to the work “for the good of all”, whether that is as a minister, evangelist, prophet, teacher, healer, etc. The gifts of the Spirit do not inhabit ministries, they are given to people – “to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor 12:7). Gifts and services are activated by God through the Spirit “who activates all of them in everyone” (1 Cor 12:6).
The great emphasis on prayer by Yeshua, the apostles, disciples and saints down through the millennia boils down simply to the one work of God to which we are called. When you pray, (hopefully) you are not praying to yourself. Prayer is ‘the proof in the pudding’ so to speak. When you pray, you are in the act of believing that Yeshua is, and that He is the one whom God sent – you are in fact engaging in the ‘work of God’ when you pray.
We are to pray in and through the Spirit at all times about every circumstance and on all occasions. We are to prayer in humility, with thanksgiving, whether weeping or rejoicing, in danger or safety, in need or in wealth, indoors, outdoors, on our knees, standing, with words, songs, in silence, with or without fasting, alone or in community, whether requested by others or not. If you are engaged in any Ministry/ministry and are not engaged in prayer, then you are not doing “the work of God”. A lack of prayer is a lack of belief. It’s that simple.
Prayer is not a tux-and-bowtie affair. Prayer is the place where you are you in all your gore and glory. Yeshua set you free to be you with Him. He continues to say, “Come . . . . Do not be afraid . . . . Believe . . . ”.
The Lord is coming!