“Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” – A.W. Tozer – Man Of God, Facebook page.

It seems that many in the American church have confused obedience to Jesus with legalism. I hear a good deal of talk about prayer, revival, and the rapture but very little about living lives of obedience to Jesus. My point is not to be critical but to encourage us (myself included) to return to a life of biblical discipleship.

American Christians have been distracted by a constant flow of information and entertainment. 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

When we immerse ourselves in Netflix or our favorite sports channel, our spiritual senses become dull. Entertainment has its place but not to the detriment of our obedience to God. If we are serious about revival; prayer and conformity to the Scripture could be the key to seeing a move of God. Jesus is still calling his followers to take up our crosses and follow him. His teaching on self-denial seems to be missing from much of the western version of the gospel.

Spiritual darkness is increasing in the land – it’s time to lay aside distractions and spend time with God in prayer and the Bible. And to become “doers of the word and not hearers only.” Obedience to Scripture is not legalism; it produces life.