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Obedience is better than sacrifice
by Michael Hume 
09/07/12
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"To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is no less than a sin than divination, and stubbornness is like iniquity or idolatry." 1 Samuel 15:22.23.

Now and then God doesn't want me to rattle off prayers daily. Say I have a holiday of 8 days, and pray on day 1. Then day 2 I wait, spend time praising and thanking Him, and reading the Bible. If God really wants me to pray on day 2, it is likely to be little and for only one or two people who contact me. Then on day 3 I pray longer and day 4 wait.

I learned this years ago when I had more free time with God than now. Now I do that again on holidays of 8 days or more. If I strive to pray as much on day 2 as day 1, it is forced and not natural. Forcing prayer on God when He wants me to wait on Him, praise and thank Him is like divination. It is like praying in the flesh and maybe even to the flesh. So to God that is iniquity. God forgives those sins quickly but He would rather I wait and not pray.

Also, I believe it loosens things up in the heavenlies when you praise God telling Him how wonderful He is in ways natural to you. God then moves on our behalf as we look to Him and recognise His greatness and awesome majesty. So, every now and again make it a point to praise God. It keeps us looking to Him as we should. God makes Satan loose his grip on us and things when we praise Him.

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