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

04 Jul

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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