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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 34 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #445)

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As always, it is so good to be with you today to encourage you to pray.

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Laws. He said: "Prayer is my chief work; by it I carry on all else. Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of him that we are capable of in this life. It is the noblest exercise of the soul. It is the most exalted use of our best faculties. It is the highest imitation of the blessed beings of heaven."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 34 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

When boiled down to its essence, unforgiveness is hatred. And 1 John 3:15 says, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer." If you think a little grudge is very respectable, then you should remember that God looks into your wicked heart and calls it murder!

In Mark 11:22-24 is that marvelous promise about prayer that "whosoever" (anybody) can have "whatsoever" (anything) he asks, if he has faith. But Jesus qualifies even that great promise by these words in the following verses: "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." It is obvious that every Christian who tries to pray with unforgiveness in his heart finds a great wall of his sins piled up between him and God which he cannot get removed and cannot get taken out of the way until he forgives all that others have done against him.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing "Sweet Hour of Prayer"
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