DEVOTIONAL: “And 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 listen than the fat of rams.’” 1 Samuel 15:22, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Praying or obeying? That sounds like a contradictory statement, but how much praying do we do before we go ahead and obey God’s clear calling?
Kendrick tells a story of children told to clean their room but later found they are praying about it rather than actually obeying. Concerning this example he says, “Lofty prayers, but no submission. Rebellion wrapped in intercession. How would you react to that? You’d likely tell them to stop the performance and get busy doing what you’d already told them to do.” Prayer is communicating with God, while obedience is responding to His commands. In John 14:15 Jesus tells His disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
While praying is important, obedience is equally critical, but “not in a legalistic way.” As followers of Christ life “was never meant to be a causal attempt at doing as little as necessary. As true Christians we need to be “steadily moving in a direction of greater obedience.”
How much praying do we do before we go ahead and obey the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ?