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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 42 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #453)

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 5:2, "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray."

PERSONAL ENCOURAGEMENT: We ought to pray because every now and then, we have to get down on our knees and confess our sins, faults, and failures to God. Now I know that some of you listening to me do not do bad things, but I have done some bad things in my life and every now and then, I have to get down on my knees and confess my sins before God in prayer.

QUOTE: C.S. Lewis, "Even if all the things that people prayed for happened – which they do not – this would not prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. Invariable "success" in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic – a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature."

DEVOTIONAL: "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER, Part 42" from Dr. John R. Rice