Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. (Acts of the Apostles 13:1-3 NLT)
A few names are listed of whom were Barnabas and Saul. This group was diverse in their race and spiritual gifting. They were respected teachers and prophets. The church at Antioch of Syria was on fire for Christ. Their fervor is stated here in the passage. The men were worshipping God and fasting. While they were seeking the face of God, the Holy Spirit spoke to them. Apparently one, or more, of them was prompted by The Holy Spirit to prophetically speak. He instructed them to dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work that they were called of God to do. They continued to fast and pray. They, then, laid their hands on them to consecrate them for their ministry that was forthcoming.
Oh how I pray that we will see a day once again when men of the church, especially the preachers, teachers, and respective leaders would first and foremost seek the face of God in fasting. Would to God they, also, would worship Jesus with intimate passion and desire. Would to God that they would pray fervently and regularly for God's anointing and direction concerning who should serve in specific ministries.
In our time, we call a business meeting and get popular vote rather than let God, the Holy Spirit, give His utterance of whom He has chosen and anointed. Our churches are lead by men who profess Christ with their lips, yet don't exemplify their profession in fasting, worship, and prayer. How can we expect to carry the gospel of Jesus to a dark, sin cursed world when our pastors, deacons, and other respective leaders are spiritual weaklings? I call on the Holy Spirit, at this moment, to ignite a fire in my spirit, soul, and body that cannot be quenched by the religious rhetoric of the culture. I want Him. Nothing else will satisfy or suffice. Explode your power in me, in us, Holy Spirit. Unleash yourself in the church of the living God!!! In Jesus Almighty name!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris