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 Revival: Don't Substitute Praying for Obeying

Revival: Don't Substitute Praying for Obeying

So Samuel said: "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams."
--1 Samuel 15:22

Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late-and how little revival has resulted?

Considering the volume of prayer that is ascending these days, rivers of revival should be flowing in blessing throughout the land. That no such results are in evidence should not discourage us; rather it should stir us to find out why our prayers are not answered....

I believe our problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying; and it simply will not work....

Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble.
A. W. Tozer [i]Of God and Men,[/i] 55-57.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; show me any wicked way that needs to be corrected in my own life before revival can come. I'm praying for revival; help me to also be obeying. Amen."

From the daily Tozer devotionals from Literature Ministries International. For more information about [url=]LMI[/url]

bill schnippert

 2005/9/23 6:40Profile

Joined: 2004/9/28
Posts: 957
Cleveland, Georgia

 Re: Revival: Don't Substitute Praying for Obeying

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways..."

Hal Bachman

 2005/9/23 15:26Profile

Joined: 2003/10/15
Posts: 1632


...a continuation of Tozer on Obeying...

[b]Revival: Not Just Intensity of Prayer[/b]

[i]He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And
he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and
manifest Myself to him.
--John 14:21[/i]

Intensity of prayer is no criterion of its effectiveness. A man may
throw himself on his face and sob out his troubles to the Lord and
yet have no intention to obey the commandments of Christ. Strong
emotion and tears may be no more than the outcropping of a vexed
spirit, evidence of stubborn resistance to God's known will....

No matter what I write here, thousands of pastors will continue to
call their people to prayer in the forlorn hope that God will
finally relent and send revival if only His people wear themselves
out in intercession. To such people God must indeed appear to be a
hard taskmaster, for the years pass and the young get old and the
aged die and still no help comes. The prayer meeting room becomes a
wailing wall and the lights burn long, and still the rains tarry.

Has God forgotten to be gracious? Let any reader begin to obey and
he will have the answer. "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he
is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I too will love him and show myself to him" (John 14:21).

Isn't that what we want after all? The Size of the Soul, 20-21.

"Lord, help me to obey Your commandments. My spirit is willing, but
my flesh is weak! I long to live in that obedience, in order that I
may know the Father's love and manifestation to me. Amen."


 2005/9/24 9:38Profile

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