THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS

SATURDAY 17TH MARCH, 2018 MORNING PRAYER DEVOTION
SCRIPTURE READING:- LUKE 18:1-7
TOPIC:- THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS
TEXT:- 1 SAMUEL 12:23

Prayerlessness in the Bible is the opposite of prayer, and is the lifeline and connection to God. Christ showed the opposite of prayerlessness in His walk on earth.
Do you know that prayerlessness is a sin? We say that it is unfortunate that we do not pray more; we admit our prayer life is weak and ineffective; but in actual fact we sin when we do not pray. See 1 Samuel 12:23.
It is believed that prayer is the lifeblood of a Christian’s walk with God. Prayer connects us to God; prayer is an active way to love and connect with others; and prayer makes room in the prayer’s heart for God’s correcting voice.
The Bible says to “pray continually” [1 Thessalonians 5:17]. So, anything other than a continual attitude of prayer and communion with God is sin. Anything that interrupts our connection to God or leads to self-reliance is wrong.
We could look at Adam and Eve’s actions in Genesis chapter 3 as a type of prayerlessness. They eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are too ashamed to speak with the Lord as He comes to meet them in the garden. They are disconnected from God in their sin; their communication with Him is interrupted. Adam and Eve’s “prayerlessness” was sin, and it was caused by prayerlessness.
Can you imagine someone claiming to be your best friend and never talking to you? Whatever friendship was there would certainly be strained. Similarly, a relationship with God is impoverished and fatigued without communication. Prayerlessness is antithetical to a good relationship with God. God’s people will have a natural desire to communicate with their Lord. “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” [Psalm 5:3]. The biblical commands to pray are accompanied by wonderful promises, Psalm 145:18.
Christ is our best example of prayerfulness. He Himself was a man of prayer in Luke 3:21; 5:16; 9:18, 28; 11:1, and He taught His followers to pray, [Luke 11:2–4]. If the Son of Man saw a personal need to pray, how much more should we see the same need in ourselves?

Prayerlessness ignores the gift of intercession that God has given us. We are called to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, James 5:16. Paul often solicited the prayers of God’s people on his behalf, [Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:25], and he was faithful to pray for them, Ephesians 1:16; Colossians 1:9.
The Prophet Samuel saw prayers on behalf of the people of Israel as a necessary part of his ministry: “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you” 1 Samuel 12:23. According to Samuel, prayerlessness is a sin.

Prayerlessness is defiance toward God’s command to love others. And we are not only to pray for people who are easy to pray for, 1 Timothy 2:1. Jesus tells us that we must also pray for those who persecute us in Matthew 5:44. This is the message of Christ, to love and support everyone with prayer, even those who are hard to love. Matthew 26:41 offers another admonition: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Prayerlessness clouds our hearts to the temptations surrounding us and leads to further sin. See Romans 8:26–27.

Prayer Points:
1. I command spirit of prayerlessness and lukewarmness come out of my life.
2. O Lord God, increase my appetite for prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. I rebuild my prayer altar that has been pulled down and I refuse to pray amiss, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Have A Beautiful Saturday!

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Tim Ogundele_Jesu is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an apostle by the grace of God. He has been used by God prominently in the area of salvation, healing, blessing, and especially deliverance.

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