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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 13 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #482)

17 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:

Conditional grants become absolute upon the performance of the condition; so here, he that asketh, receiveth. Christ hereby puts his fiat to the petition; and he having all power, that is enough. It is illustrated, by a similitude taken from earthly parents, and their innate readiness to give their children what they ask. Christ appeals to his hearers, “What man is there of you, though never so morose and ill-humoured, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?”. Whence he infers, “If ye then, being evil, yet grant your children’s requests, much more will your heavenly Father give you the good things you ask.” Now this is of use, To direct our prayers and expectations, We must come to God, as children to a Father in heaven, with reverence and confidence. How naturally does a child in want or distress run to the father with its complaints; thus should the new nature send us to God for supports and supplies.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You may want to know when to pray, my encouragement to you is to pray as God leads you. But it is also good to follow the example of David and Daniel of old and pray at appointed times. In other words, schedule your time so that you include special quality periods in your day for nothing else but for prayer unto God. It is good to keep regular times to pray as well as to pray in between those times as God’s Holy Spirit prompts you. Keep praying, for prayer is truly where the power is.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Temple. He said: “If your prayer is selfish, the answer will be something that will rebuke your selfishness. You may not recognize it as having come at all, but it is sure to be there.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 13 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Would not your speech have been different, dear friend, if you had prayed like David, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth,” or, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer”? And if Peter had spent the time praying instead of sleeping in the Garden of Gethsemane, would not the outcome have been far better? Surely he fell into the snare because he did not pray.

And so we, too, deny Jesus and curse and swear, it may be, before His enemies, because we are not strengthened in the secret place by prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “What if His People Prayed”

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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