A. W. Tozer on Preachers and Hearers

Here is a good quote from A. W. Tozer on preachers and hearers. This would be a good one to reflect on in preparation for Sunday morning worship.

When considering a pastor the average church asks in effect, “Is this man worthy to speak to us?” I suppose such a question is valid, but there is another one more in keeping with the circumstances; it is, “Are we worthy to hear this man?” An attitude of humility on the part of the hearers would secure for them a great deal more light from whatever size candle the Lord might be pleased to send them.

When a man or woman becomes worthy to hear, God sometimes talks to them through very unworthy media.

God will speak to the hearts of those who prepare themselves to hear; and conversely, those who do not so prepare themselves will hear nothing even though the Word of God is falling upon their outer ears every Sunday.

Good hearers are as important as good preachers. We need more of both.   (A. W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous)


  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    This was the perfect commentary to read as I prepare to go to church tomorrow. I happen to love our pastors, but even if I didn’t…am I going with a heart to hear God – who can speak in a myriad of ways?

  2. Ray Fowler says:


    I’m glad you found it helpful. We preachers need all the help we can get!

  3. Greg Johnson says:

    Great quote Ray! Thanks for sharing.


  4. Ray Fowler says:


    You’re welcome. I checked out your blog and enjoyed browsing. All the best to you and the people at Loving God Fellowship.

  5. Greg Johnson says:

    Thanks Ray. I have subscribed to your blog and will look forward to reading it.

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