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

09 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 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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