POEM: “I Am Praying For You” by Samuel O. Cluff
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 26:16 which reads: “Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.”
Our featured prayer motivator quote is from an Unknown Author. He said, “When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives more than we imagine in His own time and in His own way.”
My personal encouragement for you today is this: The only way to get true wisdom is by simply praying and asking God for it. It is a free gift of the grace of God, as is your soul’s salvation.
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND IMPORTUNITY” part 7 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
The tenor of Christ’s teachings, is to declare that men are to pray earnestly — to pray with an earnestness that cannot be denied. Heaven has harkening ears only for the whole-hearted, and the deeply-earnest. Energy, courage, and persistent perseverance must back the prayers which heaven respects, and God hears. All these qualities of soul, so essential to effectual praying, are brought out in the parable of the man who went to his friend for bread, at midnight. This man entered on his errand with confidence. Friendship promised him success. His plea was pressing: of a truth, he could not go back empty-handed. The flat refusal chagrined and surprised him. Here even friendship failed! But there was something to be tried yet — stern resolution, set, fixed determination. He would stay and press his demand until the door was opened, and the request granted. This he proceeded to do, and by dint of importunity secured what ordinary solicitation had failed to obtain.
The success of this man, achieved in the face of a flat denial, was used by the Saviour to illustrate the necessity for insistence in supplicating the throne of heavenly grace. When the answer is not immediately given, the praying Christian must gather courage at each delay, and advance in urgency till the answer comes which is assured, if he have but the faith to press his petition with vigorous faith.
Laxity, faint-heartedness, impatience, timidity will be fatal to our prayers. Awaiting the onset of our importunity and insistence, is the Father’s heart, the Father’s hand, the Father’s infinite power, the Father’s infinite willingness to hear and give to His children.