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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 30 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #441)

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Our prayer motivator verse for today is Mark 1:35 which reads: "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Author Unknown. He said: "There are three degrees in prayer. The lowest is that spoken only by the lips. The next is when, by a resolute effort, we succeed in fixing our thoughts on Divine things. The third is when the soul finds it hard to turn away from God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 30 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Matthew 18:21-35 is a remarkable teaching of our Saviour about the need for Christians to forgive others and of how God hates the wicked sin of unforgiveness.

How many times shall we forgive one who sins against us? Peter thought seven times would be the perfect number; but Jesus answered back, "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." And when you have forgiven the same person 490 times, no doubt you will have lost count and will have conquered that wicked disposition to temper and bitterness in your own heart!

In this parable, the Saviour illustrates our awful debt to God by the man who owed his king 10,000 talents. Ten thousand talents would be nearly twenty million dollars if they were silver talents, nearly three hundred million dollars if the talents were gold. In either case it would be an unpayable amount, no doubt beyond the capacity of any man living in the world at that time. So great is our sin toward God which needs forgiveness!

+ Plus, listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman singing "Let Us Pray"
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