The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 30 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #499)


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.”

My personal encouragement today is this: I have noticed five hinderances that stand in the way of some Christians praying as they should. If you could only get over these five hurdles you would then pray more effectively and begin to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer to God. These five hurdles are: 1. Spiritual Inertia, 2. The Flesh, 3. Satan and his Demons, 4. Doubt and Unbelief, and 5. The “Busy”ness of life (the World). Don’t let these things hinder you.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Max Lucado. He said: “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 30 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

It is easy to see that people cannot be saved without the Gospel. The Bible so clearly says in Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” If no one goes to preach the Gospel and if sinners do not hear the Gospel, then those who might be saved will not be saved.

But it is equally true that if people go without prayer, their ministry will be ineffective, and in proportion as they pray themselves and they are lifted up to God in earnest prayer by others, their ministry will be powerfully moved by the Spirit of God to the saving of souls. It is utterly impossible to disconnect revival fire and prayer. It is utterly foolish to suppose anyone will have a fruitful ministry that is not held up to God by earnest prayer, either by the minister alone or by his own prayers joined to the prayers of others. Oh, how many poor, lost souls are in Hell today because someone did not pray!

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapmen singing “Let Us Pray”

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