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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #325)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Judges 16:28 which reads: "And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Robert Murray McCheyne. He said: "Give yourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. If you do not pray, God will probably lay you aside from your ministry, as He did me, to teach you to pray."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled "WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT" from Dr. John R. Rice.

There are many other occasions in life when men do without food. At a football training table, men gladly deprive themselves of sweets and certain foods likely to hinder mental alertness and physical fitness and endurance. Should we do less for Jesus Christ? One can run a race better if he has not eaten just beforehand. Swimmers well know that it is dangerous to eat much before swimmng lest they suffer from cramps. Public speakers and singers customarily do not eat in the evening until after the important period of concentration and perfect control necessary for their public appearance.

If I can preach better without eating, then why cannot I pray better without eating? If a businessman can concentrate better on his figures in some emergency without having his stomach loaded with food, then why cannot a Christian pray better when all his energies are given to that one thing? When men are wholly absorbed in grief for a loved one, they are not hungry. Then when one is wholly absorbed in passionate and most earnest prayer, why should he not be glad to do without food?