The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 51 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #520)


Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

My personal encouragement today is this: Families are in need of a great amount of intercession. Even if your marriage and family seem strong right now, seek out those families in your community who are on the rocks and make it your mission to pray for them daily.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said: “If a church is to be what it ought to be for the purposes of God, we must train it in the holy art of prayer. Churches without prayer-meetings are grievously common. Even if there were only one such, it would be one to weep over. In many churches the prayer-meeting is only the skeleton of a gathering: the form is kept up, but the people do not come. There is no interest, no power, in connection with the meeting. Oh, my brothers, let it not be so with you! Do train the people to continually meet together for prayer. Rouse them to incessant supplication. There is a holy art in it. Study to show yourselves approved by the prayerfulness of your people. If you pray yourself, you will want them to pray with you; and when they begin to pray with you, and for you, and for the work of the Lord, they will want more prayer themselves, and the appetite will grow. Believe me, if a church does not pray, it is dead. Instead of putting united prayer last, put it first. Everything will hinge upon the power of prayer in the church.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 51 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Sometimes Bible characters kneeled in prayer. Peter, called to pray by the side of the dead Dorcas, put them all forth and kneeled down and prayed. But the same Peter simply stood and pronounced the curse of God upon Ananias and Sapphira, thought it had in it the elements of prayer.

Joshua stopped fighting only long enough to command the sun to stand still, which seemed a very bold prayer of great faith.

Solomon stood in the Temple with his hands stretched out and prayed at the dedication of the Temple.

Jesus sometimes stood to pray, but in the Garden of Gethsemane He fell on His face and prayed.

And from all this let us learn the lesson that prayer is not in the form. And let us get out of the ruts. Pray when we stand or pray when we sit. In times of great emergency and distress we ought surely to be on our very faces before God, pleading and waiting on Him. But at other times we ought like David to awake in the night, communing with our hearts upon our beds, and again pray at evening, morning, and at noon.

Let us seek to enter into all the wealth of prayer in the Bible. Let us pray as much as Bible characters. Let us weep as much as they wept. Let us fast as much as they fasted. Let us make prayer the biggest work of our lives and the greatest enjoyment, and unceasing activity.

Are you ready now to confess to God your sin of prayerlessness?



J.C. Ryle said: “Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.” (Prayer Motivator Minute #455)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Winkie Pratney. He said, “Many do not recognize the call of God simply because they have never taken the time to really talk with Him long enough to know what He is like.”

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 46 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #515)

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 a time saver. If you pray before doing anything at all, you will find that you can get it done faster and better than if you had not prayed.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jim Cymbala. He said: “In too many churches today, people don’t see manifestations of God’s power in answer to fervent praying. Instead, they hear arguments about theological issues that few people care about.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 46 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Fourth, leave off the formalities and let prayer be simply talking with God. Every Christian many times a day should stop and say, “Lord, I did wrong in that. Forgive me!” or, “Lord, help me to know what to say to this man.” Connect prayer with every detail of your life. Hallesby, in his great book on prayer, says that we ought to pray about everyone we meet. Leave off the forms of set prayers and get accustomed to talking to God as simply as a little child talks to his mother or as a wife talks to her husband.

In our next broadcast, we will be switching to another book on prayer by E.M. Bounds for several days and after that we will come back to the few remaining sections of John R. Rice’s book until completion.