I'm pretty sure most of us reading this post have visited the doctor for one reason or another, and had to get a prescription for some type of medicine. Depending on the seriousness of the illness, taking certain medicines may make the difference between us getting better, and taking a turn for the worst. Now, even though some of us were given specific instructions to take the medicine, we didn't bother with the stuff, because we're just plain hardheaded. Others of us took the medicine and found out that it made us feel worse. And still, some decided that we didn't "need that much of it," and took it at our own discretion.
I know this may not apply to you, but as for me, I sometimes treat God's Word this way. I know it's the medicine that Dr. Jesus prescribed for me, to comfort me when I'm sad, hurting, distressed, or to remind me that I should always be full of joy in the Lord! But I don't always take it. When things are going well, or even when I feel sad and depressed in my spirit, I may not always "take my medicine" like I should. (Again, this may not be you, maybe I'm the only one who experiences this:) The enemy knows what things will keep us from staying true to the Word, and those "things" will continue to come at us until we decide to put on our whole armor and fight back! 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around LIKE a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." We have to be aware of the enemy lies set up to keep us from going forward in the Lord! So just know this: It's always a good idea to take your "meds," even if you don't think you're getting better. The results of the medicine working are not always apparent right away, but if you follow Doctor's orders, you will come out better in the end. :)