Prayer is not a substitute for obedience, prayer shows our love, trust, dependence, and submission to God.
I used to pray only when I needed God until I realized I needed God only, now I pray always!.
While we are set free from the penalty of sin as Christians we are not set free from living our lives to the obedience to Christ.Jesus said if you love me you will keep my word, if you love me you will keep my commands. We cannot walk in obedience outside of a strong prayer life.
God does not call us to perfection, He calls us to holiness, holiness leads us to obedience.
We will mislead ourselves by doing good works, reading scripture, praying or attending church and then living our lives as if God's word doesn't apply to us, as we walk in disobedience, this is exactly what the Pharisees and Sadducees did.
We will also mislead ourselves when we do everything right and think God owes us something.
God owes no man anything, He gives His mercy and grace freely, He gives blessings freely and He alone searches our hearts and knows our motives.
When we learn to walk by the Spirit of God, our lives will be in His will and His will is where we need to live, we pray thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, then trust God in your life.
It is time we live as we are called, let's stop looking at others and start looking at ourselves, let's live by the Spirit, and show the world who we belong to, Jesus!
God’s word says this;
“Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
1 Samuel 15:22-23 CSB
“If you love me, you will keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him because he remains with you and will be in you.
Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.” John 14:15-17, 23-24 CSB
“This is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God and obey his commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.”1 John 5:2-4 CSB
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