Our prayer motivator verse for today is 1 Samuel 1:10 and 15 which reads: “And [Hannah] was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore…And Hannah answered [Eli] and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire…Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart’s ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.
My personal encouragement to you today is this: Our world is changing in sometimes surprising and very destructive ways. Unless we, the people of God, stand together and form a firewall of intercessory prayer in our society, not only will God’s judgment destroy our country and our world, but our country and the world will begin to destroy itself from the inside out.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from F.F. Bruce. He said: “Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don’t like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Note the measure of our sin of prayerlessness. We ought to pray all the time, never ceasing. Anything less than constant prayer is thus disobedience and sin. If for a short season we do not pray as we ought, then we have sinned. And if that sinful disregard of prayer continues, with small intermissions, through hours and days and weeks and months, even years — as is true in the lives of many Christians — then prayerlessness is a long extended sin, is habitual sin, is veritably a life of sin.
Long continued prayerlessness is the same kind of extended sin that drunkenness or the dope habit is, in that it is repeated, extended and habitual.
+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing “Prayers of the Righteous”