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!