The Bible says "a wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign."[Luke 11:29] Although most of us would not consider ourselves 'wicked and adulterous,' deep in our hearts we all need to see evidence that things are true. When we pray, so often there is no instant response.
The attraction of the Toronto Blessing and similar manifestations is that, when you pray for someone, they fall over. Here is evidence that your prayer is working. Or if you are the one prayed for, the spiritual feeling that sweeps over you and takes your strength gives you assurance that God is indeed moving and responding. Yet, how often does this happen and the prayer is not ultimately answered in the affirmative? At the height of the Toronto Blessing I saw a young couple who were living together outside marriage fall down under prayer and get up with radiant faces – and then go home and carry on as before, unchanged. If God truly moves in your life, the experience will change you.
Previous posts in this series:
Legalism: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Magic Formulas: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Answers to Everything: The Truth,The Trap, The Solution
Scripture Twisting: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Superstition: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Elitism: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
The Need to See: The Truth
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