Posts tagged ‘prayer’

Oct 2 2010

I was raised in a religious background, and I remember how we were taught that we were supposed to read our Bible for 15 minutes a day, pray for 15 minutes a day and witness to somebody for 15 minutes a day—if we did all that then we would never lose out with God. I was about fourteen or fifteen when I realized: “It doesn’t make any difference how much I read; it’s how much I digest that counts.” That has been the secret of my life. After that revelation to my heart, it didn’t matter to me whether I read half a verse or whether I read a whole book. I read until one thing happened: I began to partake of the life of God.

  • John Robert Stevens, “Eat it and Digest It,” 1982
    John Robert Stevens, “Eat it and Digest It,” 1982
    Excerpt from the booklet "The Unfolding, Part 1" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1982 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.

 

Jul 20 2010

As a child, I was taught James 5:14 in children’s church. Once, when I was seriously ill, I asked my parents to bring the preacher so that he could anoint me with oil. My father went to see the evangelist. He said, “I cannot come because I have a service; but I will pray for him right here.” I believe that saved my life and brought my whole family into a walk with God. I was never anointed with oil by the evangelist, but he knelt and prayed. One step was taken toward a promise. God fulfilled it, even though the act of obedience was only partially done and could not be completed.

Performance is not what God is looking for; He is looking for that first gesture of faith. He looks for someone to “touch the hem of His garment” (Matthew 9:20–22). God does not wait to see what kind of ritual you go through to get an answer; He wants to see your hunger. Take a step toward God, and He will “draw nigh” to you (James 4:8).

  • John Robert Stevens, "Take a Little Step," 1980
    John Robert Stevens, "Take a Little Step," 1980
    Excerpt from the This Week "Take a Little Step" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1980 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.