Friday, October 25, 2019

Tozer: prelude to obedience

Friday, October 25, 2019
    Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285
    ... Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
    —1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)
    Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late—and how little revival has resulted? ...
    I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work...
    To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble...
    Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.
    ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Of God and Men, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1960, p. 50-53 (see the book)
    See also 1 Sam. 15:22; Ps. 80:18; 85:6; Isa. 57:15; Acts 6:7; 12:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Goad me, Lord, into true obedience.
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