The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/07/2006):

Scripture or Prayer?
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is from the pen of A. W. Tozer. He was the pastor of Chicago's Southside Alliance Church from 1928 to 1959. He never went to a Bible school, seminary or university, but his many writings have consistently and powerfully directed the reader’s attention to the amazing God who desires our love, devotion, and worship.

I am reminded that one old saint was asked, “Which is the more important: reading God’s Word or praying?” To which he replied, “Which is more important to a bird: the right wing or the left?”

—A. W. Tozer, from JESUS, OUR MAN IN GLORY. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania: Christian Publications, 1987, p. 104. As collected in BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH: PRAYERS AND REFLECTIONS THAT CELEBRATE AN INTIMATE GOD, compiled and edited by Ken Gire (New York: HarperCollins, 1997), p. 32. ISBN 0-06-063046-9.

[I suppose we can elaborate on Tozer’s pithy comment. We really don’t know how to pray without hearing from God, without studying the Scriptures; and when we read God’s Word, we must ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, to show us it’s meaning, rather than imposing our flawed understanding upon the text. When it comes to the “silly” question of prioritizing Scripture or prayer, we must reject the “either/or” and embrace the “both/and.” Take a look at for a dozen more WORSHIP QUOTES by A. W. Tozer.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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