The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 29 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 35:13 which reads: “But as for me, when they [my enemies] were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.”

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

How tenderly, and with what a cordial affection, he had behaved towards them in their afflictions: They were sick. Even the palaces and courts of princes are not exempt from the jurisdiction of death and the visitation of sickness. Now when these people were sick, David mourned for them and sympathized with them in their grief. They were not related to him; he was under no obligations to them; he would lose nothing by their death, but perhaps be a gainer by it; and yet he behaved himself as though they had been his nearest relations, purely from a principle of compassion and humanity. David was a man of war, and of a bold stout spirit, and yet was thus susceptible of the impressions of sympathy, forgot the bravery of the hero, and seemed wholly made up of love and pity; it was a rare composition of hardiness and tenderness, courage and compassion, in the same breast. Observe, He mourned as for a brother or mother, which intimates that it is our duty, and well becomes us, to lay to heart the sickness, and sorrow, and death of our near relations. Those that do not are justly stigmatized as without natural affection.

My personal encouragement today is this: No matter how long it takes to pray, no matter how difficult it is to pray, praying to God is the most important thing you can do in your day. It should be the #1 priority above everything else you have to do.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: “One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 29 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In many, many cases when I have been used of God in a blessed revival campaign in some locality, one or two saintly Christians have told me, “I have been praying for two years that God would bring you here for these meetings,” or, “This campaign is the answer to my daily prayer for years.” Oh, if people would but pray, pray earnestly, pray effectively, pray with a holy abandon, God’s work would not languish. The decay in the churches, the cooling of revival fires, the lukewarmness in the churches are the fruit of our prayerlessness.

Countless souls go to Hell because we do not pray. Nothing could more sharply show the wickedness of prayerlessness than this: If Christians do not pray as they ought, many whom they might win will go to Hell.

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing “If My People Pray”

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