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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #480)

12 Apr

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

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

Now here, the promise is made, and made so as exactly to answer the precept. “Ask, and it shall be given you;” not lent you, not sold you, but given you; and what is more free than a gift? Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? It is but ask and have; ye have not, because ye ask not, or ask not aright: what is not worth asking, is not worth having, and then it is worth nothing. “Seek, and ye shall find,” and then you do not lose your labour; God is himself found of those that seek him, and if we find him we have enough. “Knock, and it shall be opened;” the door of mercy and grace shall no longer be shut against you as enemies and intruders, but opened to you as friends and children. It will be asked, who is at the door? If you be able to say, a friend, and have the ticket of promise ready to produce in the hand of faith, doubt not of admission. If the door be not opened at the first knock, continue instant in prayer; it is an affront to a friend to knock at his door, and then go away; though he tarry, yet wait.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer is answered.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness is a sin because it leaves the door open for all other sins.

That is made clear by the command of Jesus in Mark 14:38, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

We are to pray and to watch or continue attentively in prayer as the only sure preventative of entering temptation. Similarly the command is given in Luke 22:40, “Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” If the disciples needed that warning in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, how we need it, too!

In fact, in the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer for all who can truly call God “Our Father which art in heaven,” we are expressly taught to pray, “And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”

Prayer is the remedy for temptation. Prayer is the way to defeat the Evil One.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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