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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #487)

28 Apr

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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

While in the Garden of Gethsemane, preparing to be betrayed by Judas, Jesus gave his disciples good counsel: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” There was an hour of temptation drawing on, and very near; the troubles of Christ were temptations to his followers to disbelieve and distrust him, to deny and desert him, and renounce all relation to him. There was danger of their entering into the temptation, as into a snare or trap; of their entering into a parley with it, or a good opinion of it, of their being influenced by it, and inclining to comply with it; which is the first step toward being overcome by it. He therefore exhorts them to watch and pray; Watch with me, and pray with me.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Prayer is like any other important discipline in the Christian life. If you don’t do it, you won’t reap the benefits and blessings that God wants you to have. If you want to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer, then you need to Just Pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A.Torrey. He said: “Every true revival . . . has had its earthly origin in prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 18 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

When saintly men got together at Antioch—Barnabus, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul—they ministered to the Lord and fasted until the Holy Ghost said, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” And then we are told they prayed more and fasted more, “And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”

That is the secret of all great missionary movements. “Prayer,” “ministering to the Lord,” “fasting,” and again “prayer and fasting!” All of our alibis for the lack of the power of the Spirit of God which was manifest in New Testament times can properly be ignored. The real difference between New Testament churches and the churches of today, between New Testament preachers and the preachers of today, between New Testament Christians and the Christians of today is in the matter of prayer and the power that comes through prayer!

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing “Prayer of the Righteous”

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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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