Pray Always and Everywhere, Part 8 (TPMD Bus 2 – #569)


TODAY’S POEM: “Teach Me to Pray” by Albert Simpson Reitz

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is II Samuel 7:18-24 which reads:

“Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Unknown Author. He said: “Think about the people in your ward or neighborhood. Think about the problems and trials some of them are facing. Choose 3 people and pray for them, by name. Be specific in your prayers. Then DO something, for them if you can.”

My personal encouragement for you today is this: Here are three benefits that I have personally received from prayer to God, and that I know you can receive as well. (1) Prayer to God will make money come to you when you need it most. (2) Prayer to God will make things happen for you, right in the nick of time. And (3) Prayer to God will give you a great night of sleep.

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAY ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE” part 8 from E.M. Bounds.

One man of God said, “I tell the Lord my troubles and difficulties, and wait for Him to give me the answers to them. And it is wonderful how a matter that looked very dark will in prayer become clear as crystal by the help of God’s Spirit. I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbour’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.”

When we acquire the habit of prayer we enter into a new atmosphere. Someone asked a devout Scotsman, “Do you expect to go to heaven?” “Why, man, I live there,” was the quaint and unexpected reply. It was a pithy statement of a great truth, for all the way to heaven is heaven begun to the Christian who walks near enough to God to hear the secrets He has to impart.

This attitude is beautifully illustrated in a story of Horace Bushnell, told by Dr. Parkes Cadman. Bushnell was found to be suffering from an incurable disease. One evening the Rev. Joseph Twichell visited him, and, as they sat together under the starry sky, Bushnell said: “One of us ought to pray.” Twichell asked Bushnell to do so, and Bushnell began his prayer; burying his face in the earth, he poured out his heart until, said Twichell, in recalling the incident, “I was afraid to stretch out my hand in the darkness lest I should touch God.”

+ Plus, listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “I Can Go to God in Prayer”


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 32 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

My personal encouragement today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer is answered.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 32 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness shows a lack of real enjoyment of God. We should honestly face the fact that most of us do not really enjoy prayer or we would pray more. We eat because we are hungry; the body demands food. We sleep because we are sleepy; the body demands rest. We visit people because we enjoy fellowship. If we work harder and the body needs more food, we hunger for it and then eat more. If we are specially in love with someone, we long more for his or her companionship and spend more hours in his or her presence when possible. When we are unusually worn and tired, the body demands more rest and we sleep longer if possible.

That simply illustrates the fact that if your heart were hungrier for God, you would pray more. If you really enjoyed His presence, you would seek it. If you enjoyed praying more than other things you do, you would do more praying and less reading or playing or eating or sleeping. Prayerlessness proves that we do not really enjoy God.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing “Pray On”

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 31 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #500)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

My personal encouragement today is this: There is great power through prayer to God. And there are great benefits from God in prayer. You will find as you trail through life that you will need God, and prayer invites God to work in, through, and for your life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a sense of God’s need in order to call on God’s help to meet that need.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 31 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

If a man kills somebody, that may show premeditated hate, deliberate murder, or it may show a sudden flare of temper in a fight, or it may show simply carelessness in driving. Or the killing may have been altogether accidental.

When a man gets drunk it may show that he is diseased, enslaved by habit, which is really a sickness. Such a man may deserve more pity than blame, and he may be otherwise generous, honest, loved and greatly respected by those who know him. When a person commits adultery it may show a long and deliberate course of sin and depravity, or it may simply be the result of a sudden gust of passion under unusual temptation, such as the person did not expect and under circumstances where most others might yield, too.

All these shocking outward sins show sin in the heart. But they do not reveal as much wickedness as the sin of prayerlessness, for the sin of prayerlessness reveals some shocking things about the state of the heart of all of us who do not pray constantly, who do not live in an attitude of unceasing prayer.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Pray”

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 29 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 35:13 which reads: “But as for me, when they [my enemies] were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

How tenderly, and with what a cordial affection, he had behaved towards them in their afflictions: They were sick. Even the palaces and courts of princes are not exempt from the jurisdiction of death and the visitation of sickness. Now when these people were sick, David mourned for them and sympathized with them in their grief. They were not related to him; he was under no obligations to them; he would lose nothing by their death, but perhaps be a gainer by it; and yet he behaved himself as though they had been his nearest relations, purely from a principle of compassion and humanity. David was a man of war, and of a bold stout spirit, and yet was thus susceptible of the impressions of sympathy, forgot the bravery of the hero, and seemed wholly made up of love and pity; it was a rare composition of hardiness and tenderness, courage and compassion, in the same breast. Observe, He mourned as for a brother or mother, which intimates that it is our duty, and well becomes us, to lay to heart the sickness, and sorrow, and death of our near relations. Those that do not are justly stigmatized as without natural affection.

My personal encouragement today is this: No matter how long it takes to pray, no matter how difficult it is to pray, praying to God is the most important thing you can do in your day. It should be the #1 priority above everything else you have to do.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: “One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 29 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In many, many cases when I have been used of God in a blessed revival campaign in some locality, one or two saintly Christians have told me, “I have been praying for two years that God would bring you here for these meetings,” or, “This campaign is the answer to my daily prayer for years.” Oh, if people would but pray, pray earnestly, pray effectively, pray with a holy abandon, God’s work would not languish. The decay in the churches, the cooling of revival fires, the lukewarmness in the churches are the fruit of our prayerlessness.

Countless souls go to Hell because we do not pray. Nothing could more sharply show the wickedness of prayerlessness than this: If Christians do not pray as they ought, many whom they might win will go to Hell.

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing “If My People Pray”

John of Kronstadt said: “It is necessary to rouse the heart to pray, otherwise it will become quite dry.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #437)


Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 6:12 which says: “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.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Henri Nouwen. He said, “Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.”

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 28 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #496)

Our prayer motivator verses for today is Psalm 30:8 which reads: “I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

When his mountain was shaken he lifted up his eyes above the hills. Prayer is a salve for every sore; he made use of it accordingly. Any afflicted? Any troubled? Let him pray. Though God hid his face from him, yet he prayed. If God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, yet it will be in us the greatest folly and injustice imaginable if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark: I cried to thee, O Lord! It seems God’s withdrawings made his prayers the more vehement. We are here told, for it seems he kept account of it.

My personal encouragement 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 quote today is from Nehemiah Adams. He said: “A certain joyful, though humble, confidence becomes us when we pray in the Mediator’s name. It is due to Him; when we pray in His name it should be without wavering. Remember His merits, and how prevalent they must be. ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.'”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 28 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission are a modern evidence that the work of God languishes only because of prayerlessness and prospers under prayer. When many denominational missions which depended upon denominational organization and promotions for their funds were being overwhelmed with debts and making retrenchments continually, the China Inland Mission, going only by faith, depending on God alone without any organization to raise money, prospered and increased, spreading the Gospel to millions and sending out continually new groups of workers who were cared for in answer to prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing “Have a Little Talk With Jesus”

F.B. Meyer said: “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #435)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Micah 7:7 which reads: “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said, “The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing.”