2023-03-03 “Prayer Is Never a Substitute for Obedience”(Matthew 7:21-23)

Prayer Is Never a Substitute for Obedience 祈禱絶不能代替順服聽從“(Matthew 馬太福音 7:21-23)

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”


There has been much praying for revival but little revival has resulted. Irrespective of whatever scriptural foundation or human motive behind praying for church revival, the solution to a lack of spiritual power among the people is often to pray but it simply will not work! The revival fails to arrive and the zeal for prayer begins to flag. Soon the church is back where it was before and a numb discouragement settles over everyone. Our problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying. Simply this: Neither the leaders nor the people have made any effort to obey the Word of God. They felt that their only weakness was failure to pray, when actually in a score of ways they were falling short in the vital matter of obedience!


Prayer: Father God, thank you for reminding us that we might speak or say things to Lord Jesus or about Him, but do not really mean it, i.e. only bare words and passing thoughts. Help us to turn away from believing that there was value in the bare words and fulfilling some kind of religious duty with no heart, no soul, not spirit. Prompt and empower us to connect in the name of Jesus Christ our spiritual life with our daily life witnessing our love and fellowship with Him. Amen.


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