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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #478)

08 Apr

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 18:1 which reads: “And he [Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”

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

All God’s people are praying people. Here earnest steadiness in prayer for spiritual mercies is taught. The widow’s earnestness prevailed even with the unjust judge: she might fear lest it should set him more against her; but our earnest prayer is pleasing to our God. Even to the end there will still be ground for the same complaint of weakness of faith.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Prayer is the only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from George Mueller. He said: “The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 9 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

How can one pray without ceasing? Here is an example. The baby sleeps in his crib. When the household is abed, Mother settles down to rest. In the night, there is a tiny whimper, and instantly Mother is awake. She was listening! She was watching over the little one even while she slept. Her soul was so set on the care of the little one that while her conscious mind slept, the subconscious being took over the listening post at her ear and watched through the darkness.

If a mother can be conscious of her babe when she sleeps, cannot a Christian still be conscious of God when he sleeps?

+ Plus, listen to the Katinas singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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