7/12/09 - 2nd Class

posted Jul 22, 2009, 1:41 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Jul 23, 2009, 1:23 PM by Ashley Harmless ]
Prayerlessness is a sin.  So often we do not view it that way.

Andrew Murray, in his book "The Prayer Life" discusses prayerlessness this way"

What is it, then, that makes prayerlessness such a great sin?  At first it is looked upon merely as a weakness.  There is so much talk about lack of time and all sorts of distractions that the deep guilt of the situation is not recognized.  Let it be our honest desire that, for the future, the sin of prayerlessness may be to us truly sinful.  Consider --

What a Reproach it is to God.  -- There is the holy and most glorious God who invites us to come to Him, to hold converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.  He has created us in His own image, and has redeemed us by His own Son, so that in converse with Him we might find our highest glory and salvation.

What use do we make of this heavenly privilege?  How many there are who take only five minutes for prayer!  They say that they have no time and that the heart desire for prayer is lacking; they do not know how to spend half an hour with God!  It is not that they absolutely do not pray; they pray every day -- but they have no joy in prayer, as a token of communion with God which shows that God is every thing to them.

If a friend comes to visit them, they have time, they make time, even at the cost of sacrifice, for the sake of enjoying converse with him.  Yes, they have time for everything that really interests them, but no time to practice fellowship with God and delight themselves in Him!  They find time for a creature who can be of service to them; but day after day, month after month passes, and there is no time to spend one hour with God.

Do not our hearts begin to acknowledge what a dishonor, what a despite of God this is, that I dare to say I cannot find time for fellowship with Him?  If this sin begins to appear plain to us, shall we not with deep shame cry out: "Woe is me, for I am undone, O God; be merciful to me, and forgive this awful sin of prayerlessness."

Seeking to be a man of prayer,