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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #473)

22 Mar

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 14:13-14 reads, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

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

Whatever we ask in Christ’s name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To ask in Christ’s name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit of Christ’s mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the Divine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer for ever.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Here are 4 ways to pray for others from Dr. J. Gordon Henry — 1. Ask that the person become an effective prayer warrior in their own right. 2. Ask that God’s hand be upon him in physical and material things. 3. Ask that the person learn to praise the Lord. 4. Ask that the person begin to reach out to the unsaved.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Curtis Hutson. He said: “When praying for the Lord’s will about something questionable, don’t give up if you don’t receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayer, in the sense of asking God for things as directly as a woman goes to the grocery store with her basket for groceries, or as a motorist drives into the gas station for gas and oil, or as a child says, “Pass the bread, please,” — I say real prayer, definite, direct, determinedly going to God to get things, is an unknown and inexperienced process to most Christians. And this prayerlessness is back of all the fruitlessness, powerlessness, and joylessness in the average Christian life.

The disciples begged Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They did not say, “Lord, teach us HOW to pray.” They simply asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Oh, that the people of God would forsake their sin of prayerlessness and get down to prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing “Pray On”

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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