The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 32 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

My personal encouragement today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer is answered.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 32 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness shows a lack of real enjoyment of God. We should honestly face the fact that most of us do not really enjoy prayer or we would pray more. We eat because we are hungry; the body demands food. We sleep because we are sleepy; the body demands rest. We visit people because we enjoy fellowship. If we work harder and the body needs more food, we hunger for it and then eat more. If we are specially in love with someone, we long more for his or her companionship and spend more hours in his or her presence when possible. When we are unusually worn and tired, the body demands more rest and we sleep longer if possible.

That simply illustrates the fact that if your heart were hungrier for God, you would pray more. If you really enjoyed His presence, you would seek it. If you enjoyed praying more than other things you do, you would do more praying and less reading or playing or eating or sleeping. Prayerlessness proves that we do not really enjoy God.

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

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