by Francis Dixon
PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER
(Scripture Portion: Daniel 6:1-11)
The key-verse of this study is 1 Samuel 12:23. Did 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. Ask yourself, How much do I pray? or How little do I pray?
1. WHY IS IT A SIN NOT TO PRAY?
1. It is a sin not to pray because the Bible expressly calls it a sin. 1 Samuel 12:23 tells us this, and not to pray is to commit sin because the Bible, which is inspired, says it is.
2. It is a sin not to pray because it is right to pray. Read Luke 18:1 and then compare 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18. If it is right and necessary to pray, it is wrong not to (James 4:17). There are two kinds of sin, sins of commission and sins of omission.
3. It is a sin not to pray because when a Christian does not pray it is a reproach to God (Romans 14:23). It is pure unbelief not to pray (Hebrews 11:6). What a reproach it is to a father when a child does not trust him! Unbelief is a besetting sin which we are to lay aside and we must “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
4. It is a sin not to pray because of all the encouragements that are given to us to pray. The Bible urges us to pray. God gives us promises, examples of men and women who have prayed and who have received answers to their prayers, and in addition to this we have a great Partner in prayer (Romans 8:26). Then, we have our own personal experiences of prayer to encourage us and still further we have the testimonies of others. If we do not pray we are left without excuse! Continue reading