POEM: “Prayer for Life” by Janet Martin
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Proverbs 15:29 which reads: “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”
Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Kent and Barbara Hughes. They said, “Common sense tells us that the highest priority must be given to prayer if we hope to enhance our children’s spiritual development… Effective intercession for our children requires that we pray with the mind engaged, in detail, with appropriate earnestness, and that both parents should often pray for their children together.”
My personal encouragement for you 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 devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND IMPORTUNITY” part 3 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
He who has clear views of God, and Scriptural conceptions of the Divine character; who appreciates his privilege of approach unto God; who understands his inward need of all that God has for him — that man will be solicitous, outspoken and importunate. In Holy Writ, the duty of prayer, itself, is advocated in terms which are only barely stronger than those in which the necessity for its importunity is set forth. The praying which influences God is declared to be that of the fervent, effectual outpouring of a righteous man. That is to say, it is prayer on fire, having no feeble, flickering flame, no momentary flash, but shining with a vigorous and steady glow.
The repeated intercessions of Abraham for the salvation of Sodom and Gomorrah present an early example of the necessity for, and benefit deriving from importunate praying. Jacob, wrestling all night with the angel, gives significant emphasis to the power of a dogged perseverance in praying, and shows how, in things spiritual, importunity succeeds, just as effectively as it does in matters relating to time and sense.
As we have noted, elsewhere, Moses prayed forty days and forty nights, seeking to stay the wrath of God against Israel, and his example and success are a stimulus to present- day faith in its darkest hour. Elijah repeated and urged his prayer seven times ere the raincloud appeared above the horizon, heralding the success of his prayer and the victory of his faith. On one occasion Daniel though faint and weak, pressed his case three weeks, ere the answer and the blessing came.
Many nights during His earthly life did the blessed Saviour spend in prayer. In Gethsemane He presented the same petition, three times, with unabated, urgent, yet submissive importunity, which involved every element of His soul, and issued in tears and bloody sweat. His life crises were distinctly marked, his life victories all won, in hours of importunate prayer. And the servant is not greater than his Lord.