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The Power of Importunity or "Praying Through" for Others 2

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is I Samuel 3:10 which reads: "And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth." 

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Matthew Henry. He said: "You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray." 

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part two of our current series entitled The Power of Importunity or "Praying Through" for Others and Yourself from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said... 

Let us begin by looking again at our passage in Luke 11: "I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth." 

What is the most important word in that verse? If you said "importunity", then you are right. God does not give soul-winning power to people simply because they are friends of Christ. You say because you are saved, that gives you the right to come and say, "Our Father who art in Heaven" and to ask for daily bread and forgiveness of sins, and guidance, and deliverance from the Evil One. But here in this lesson on intercessory prayer, Jesus tells us that the friend will not rise and give to his neighbor the bread that he needs because he is his friend. Friendship is not enough in that case. But because of his importunity, his pleading, his insistence, his begging, "he will rise and give him as many as he needeth." 

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