I, like most of you, have set in meeting after meeting where we, as Christians, have come together to cry out to God for revival, for a move of the Holy Spirit across our city, region and nation. Yet year after same-old year it has failed to materialize.
None of what I am about to say is meant to minimize the role of prayer in seeing a great move of God come - without question it is indispensable. Prayer is the seed of real transformation.
But what if God's response to our cries for spiritual movement is "I'm ready when you are!"? What if God is waiting for us to start doing the core things that He has told us so many times in so many ways to focus on: visit the prisoner, care for the orphan and widow, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, love one another, pray for the sick, cast out demons, preach the gospel, make disciples, go into all the world, invite the stranger to your party...?
Scripture is clear that obedience is better than sacrifice. And I know for a fact the obedience is something God honors.
If we want to see God move, if we want His anointing, if we want to feel His pleasure on our lives, if we want to see our neighborhoods be something other than what they are, if we really want revival, then maybe we should give obedience a shot.