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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 45 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #514)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 6:12 which reads: “And it came to pass in those days, that he [Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

My personal encouragement 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 John Wesley. He said: “God’s command to “pray without ceasing’ is founded on the necessity we have of his grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 45 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Third, take time to pray about things as they come up. Years ago as a preacher I found it impossible to remember all the requests for prayer that would come to me in a day’s time. So I formed a habit of stopping to pray for every case about which I was impressed that I ought to pray, at the time it was mentioned. And then I never promise to pray for any matter in the future except as God lays it on my heart and brings it to my mind. I have found a great peace in going to God with every burden the moment I feel the need for prayer about it. And one of the sweet and blessed results is a constant companionship and fellowship with God.

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Origen: “The voice we use in prayer need not be great or startling…” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #446)

Origen said: “The physical voice we use in prayer need not be great nor startling; even should we not lift up any great cry or shout, God will yet hear us.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself.”

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 37 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #506)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God 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.”

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 Donald Whitney. He said: “It may be, remember, that God has indeed answered but not in a way that is obvious to us. And it is possible that nothing is amiss in our praying, but that we haven’t yet seen the answer only because God intends for us to persevere in praying about the matter awhile longer. But we must also learn to examine our prayers. Are we asking for things that are outside the will of God or would not glorify Him? Are we praying with selfish motives? Are we failing to deal with the kind of blatant sin that causes God to put all our prayers on hold?”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 37 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

I have known people to say, “Yes, I believe in prayer as much as anyone,” or, “Sure, I have lots of faith in God,” yet when they were sick, depended on doctors, and when they were out of jobs, depended on employment agencies, and when they were in need, called on relatives for help before calling on God! To them faith was just a certain feeling, a general doctrinal position.

But real faith, living faith, absolutely must express itself in calling on God for what we need and desire. From the sum total of our prayer let us subtract all the praying we do as a matter of duty and subtract all the praying we do to be seen of men, and the little that remains will be the actual measure of our faith in a God who hears and answers prayer! O God, forgive us of this sin of unbelief!

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

E.M. Bounds: “…None but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #445)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 5:44 which reads: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.”

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 36 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #505)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God 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.”

My personal encouragement today is this: Here are four more benefits that I have personally received from prayer to God, and that I know you can receive as well. (1) Prayer to God will deliver you from temptation, evil, and sin. (2) Prayer to God will protect you from hurt, harm, and danger. (3) Prayer to God will deliver you out of bad situations and trouble. And (4) Prayer to God will do things for you “exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said: “[God] never condemns long prayers that are sincere. Let us not forget that our Lord sometimes spent long nights in prayer. We are told of one of these – we do not know how frequently they were. He would sometimes rise a “great while before day” and depart to a solitary place for prayer. The perfect Man spent more time in prayer than we do. It would seem an undoubted fact that with God’s saints in all ages nights of prayer with God have been followed by days of power with men.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 36 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness proves our unbelief. Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” And Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?” I suppose that primarily means that lost people do not really call on God for salvation unless in their hearts they believe that He is able and willing to save. Prayer is the proof of faith for a lost sinner. But is it not equally true that prayer is the proof of faith in a Christian?

How can we pray if we do not believe it pays? How can we really pray if we do not believe we get anywhere or get anything from God? When we are sick we go to the doctor first instead of praying because really we have more confidence in the doctor than in God. We think of medicine before we think of prayer. I do not mean that medicine and doctors and hospitals are to be avoided by Christians. God often uses means to do His blessed work. He uses Christians and personal soul winners to save sinners. He oftentimes uses foods, medicines, and treatments to heal the sick. But is it not obvious that a child of God who really believes that the healing depends on God and that the healing, whether through doctors and medicine or without either, must come from God — isn’t it obvious that one who believes that will pray before he does other things? I think there is no doubt that our prayerlessness proves that we really have little confidence in getting answers to our prayers. Prayerlessness is a proof fo unbelief. And unbelief is a sin, a besetting sin which we are to lay aside, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton and New Breed singing “Prayers of the Righteous”

 
 

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Matthew Henry: “Prayer is never out of season…” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #444)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 5:44 which reads: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.”

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 35 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #504)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God 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.”

My personal encouragement today is this: Here are three benefits that I have personally received from prayer to God, and that I know you can receive as well. (1) Prayer to God can cause your ministry to flourish beyond your wildest imaginations. (2) Prayer to God will help you to be a better witness for the Lord. And (3) Prayer to God will help you have good relationships with other people.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles G. Finney. He said: “When I speak of moving God, I do not mean that God’s mind is changed by prayer, or that His disposition or character is changed. But prayer produces such a change in us as renders it consistent for God to do as it would not be consistent for Him to do otherwise.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 35 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The complaint of Isaiah, quoted by the Saviour, was that “this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Jesus frankly addressed such people saying, “Ye hypocrites!”

Have you searched in your own heart about this matter—whether you really enjoy the presence of God? If you enjoyed praying more than the other things you do, wouldn’t you pray more?

Many a son or daughter loves Mom and Dad but has little in common with them, seeking rather the company of his or her own age at the dance floor or movies. Perhaps there are good men who love their wives after a fashion but find them drab and uninteresting, so hasten away from home to company they enjoy better, or hide themselves with a newspaper or book.

How sad that any of us should be like that toward God! If we are born-again children of God, then we love Him, of course. In our hearts we have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, “Abba, Father.” But sad to say, many of us do not really enjoy our Heavenly Father and we spend little time in His company, little time in asking for His blessings and receiving those He has offered. Our prayerlessness proves that we do not really enjoy God.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton and New Breed singing “Prayers of the Righteous”

 
 
 
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