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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #430)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:6 which reads:

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Richard Sibbes. He said: "When we go to God by prayer, the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him, and therefore he opposeth us all he can."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 19 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

God commands all men to repent, we are told. And repentance means a sincere heart-turning from sin, a change of mind and disposition toward sin and toward God. How, then, could God be pleased to bless His own children who have not themselves honestly turned away from some sin in their own lives?

When I have urged some businessman to come out to the services at the house of God, more than once he has replied, "Well, if the members of that church would pay me what they owe, I would feel a good deal more like going to their church." Anyone who is well acquainted with retail credit business knows that multitudes of church people will not pay honest debts unless the bill collector follows them up to get it. Sometimes Christians move out of apartments or houses owing back rent which they never pay. Some Christians owe long-standing bills to doctors, good physicians who cared for them in the time of deepest distress. Students leave Christian colleges with bills that they never pay. A brother borrows money from a Christian brother, promising to repay it within a certain time; then the debt becomes so old that he is ashamed to pay it, and never does! I am not speaking about unusual circumstances.
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