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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #485)

24 Apr

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

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

Here we have David’s exhortation to others to trust in God and wait upon him, and [to pour out their hearts in prayer,] as he had done. Those that have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves will invite others into those ways; there is enough in God for all the saints to draw from, and we shall have never the less for others sharing with us. He counsels all to wait upon God, as he did. Observe that to whom he gives this good counsel: You people (that is, all people); all shall be welcome to trust in God, for he is the confidence of all the ends of the earth. You people of the house of Israel (so the Chaldee); they are especially engaged and invited to trust in God, for he is the God of Israel; and should not a people seek unto their God? We also notice the good counsel which he gives — to confide in God. We must have a habitual confidence in God always, must live a life of dependence upon him, must so trust in him at all times as not at any time to put that confidence in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only; and we must have an actual confidence in God upon all occasions, trust in him upon every emergency, to guide us when we are in doubt, to protect us when we are in danger, to supply us when we are in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work, and to answer our prayers.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Many people do not like to pray because prayer to God will convict you to get sin out of your life. In order to effectively get through to God in prayer, we must be willing to confess and repent of our sins and allow God to create within us a clean heart so that He will not only hear us but answer us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Melvyn Faith. He said: “To make the most of your time, take time to PRAY.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The best example of prayer that we should follow is Jesus Christ. Great multitudes came together to hear Him and to be healed. Luke 5:16 says, “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” In the next chapter in Luke 6:12 we are told, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

And most of us forget that when Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, and was glorified before the disciples, He had gone there to pray, and “as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered,” Luke 9:28-29 tells us. Most of us have forgotten that Jesus was praying when the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray and He gave the Lord’s Prayer. It was Jesus’ praying that led to the great confession by Peter that Jesus was “the Christ of God,” as you see in Luke 9:18-21. When Jesus said to His Father in John 11:42, “I knew that thou hearest me always,” He must have meant, too, that He prayed always.

God forgive us that we do not pray as Jesus prayed. Our prayerlessness shows how we ignore God’s commands to pattern after Jesus.

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

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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