TODAY’S POEM: “I Want To Talk With Jesus” by Connie Faust
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 17:16-27
Our featured prayer motivator quote is from S.D. Gordon. He said, “It may sound strange, but in its simplest meaning prayer has to do with conflict. Rightly understood it is the deciding factor in a spirit conflict…Prayer is man giving God a footing on the contested territory of this earth.”
My personal encouragement for you today is this: God wants to hear from you every day and throughout the day. That is why He commanded us in His Word to “pray without ceasing.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAYING WITH PURPOSE” part 13 from the book, “Purpose in Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
At another tune William Wilberforce puts on record: “I must try what I long ago heard was the rule of E—the great upholsterer, who, when he came from Bond Street to his little villa, always first retired to his Closet. I have been keeping too late hours, and hence have had but a hurried half hour to myself. Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition, that without due measure of private devotions, the soul will grow lean.”
To his son he wrote: “Let me conjure you not to be seduced into neglecting, curtailing or hurrying over your morning prayers. Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the closet. There is nothing more fatal to the life and power of religion. More solitude and earlier hours—prayer three times a day at least. How much better might I serve if I cultivated a closer communication with God.”
Wilberforce knew the secret of a holy life. Is that not where most of us fail? We are so busy with other things, so immersed even in doing good and in carrying on the Lord’s work, that we neglect the quiet seasons of prayer with God, and before we are aware of it our soul is lean and impoverished.