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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 44 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #455)

08 Feb

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

We often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. We are sometimes ready to fear that God’s designs are all against us; but as to his own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end he has promised, which will be the best for them. When the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that he is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye me in vain.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You will not get genuine happiness from your spouse or from other people, but you will get it from obeying the Lord, and prayer will help you to be consistent in obeying God and hence have continual happiness in your life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.T. Studd. He said: “We Christians too often substitute prayer for playing a game. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism. To your knees! Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses. Pray!”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 44 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

A Disinclination or Indifference Toward the Bible Makes Prayer an Abomination to God!

Proverbs 28:9 is a most searching Scripture. There God says, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

If your prayer is an abomination to God, then any happy fellowship, any oneness of purpose, any communion between you and God is hindered.

Note that the Scripture does not refer primarily to infidels. One does not need to say that the Bible is false, that Christ was not born of a virgin, that He did not rise from the dead, that there is no real Heaven or a literal Hell in order to come within the scope of this great hindrance to prayer. No, if only your heart is turned away from the Bible, if you have a disinclination to read it, if it is not interesting to you, if you do not meditate on it prayerfully, joyfully, then your prayer is an abomination, says God’s Word.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer Changes Things”

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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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