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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #323)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 69:13 which reads: "But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Owen. He said: "A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled "WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Certainly, there are times when we should turn our backs upon everything else in the world and seek the face of God. Such times should be times of fasting and prayer.

Fasting, then, should mean that one determines to seek the face of God and for a time, at least, to abstain from other things in order to give the whole heart to prayer and waiting on God. Fasting and prayer means to leave off the lesser blessings for the greater one, the lesser duty for the far more important duty.

There are times when preachers should quit preaching, teachers should quit teaching, and all of us should leave off Bible study, and should even cease to win souls, in order to pray. The apostles said in Acts 6:4, "We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." They put praying before preaching. That is what Jesus meant when He commanded the disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to tarry in Jerusalem as they prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit before Pentecost.

Thus fasting and prayer simply means to put prayer first, before the desire for food or before anything else that would take our energy or our attention too much from the matter of prayer.

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