5/28 The Sin of Prayerlessness

“And they all said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die . . . And Samuel said to the people, Fear not, you have indeed done all this evil, yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve Him with all your heart. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” I Sam. 12:19-20,23

The Bible makes it very clear that “to him that knows to do good and doesn’t do it, it is sin.” We all know that praying for others is the right thing to do. Samuel, the prophet, actually said that the failure to pray for God’s people is sinning against God. How can that be?

When we understand the heart of God and His goodness, it’s not hard to realize how much He wants to bless humanity. Yet, He has set spiritual laws in motion that must be obeyed for His will to be carried out in the earth. When we fail to pray for people, we rob God of His opportunity to help them.

The ninth chapter of Daniel records his prayer to the Lord. He acknowledges that because of Israel’s disobedience to God’s law, “the curse is poured upon us.” The main reason for this tragedy is summed up in these words, “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us, yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand your truths.” John Bunyan once said, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, as sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

Like Israel, prayerlessness has become one of the major sins of the church. Satan wants us to cease praying and surrender our authority. He knows that without prayer, the church can’t stand against him and God’s blessings cannot flow from heaven to earth.

Wouldn’t you like to make the best of your time? We all have twenty-four hours in a day. A steward is required to be faithful with that which God gives him. Ephesians 5:16 commands us to redeem the time, make the most of it, because the days are evil. What better way to spend time than with the Lord?

Prayer - Father, I acknowledge that I am not my own. I belong to you! You purchased me with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. I repent of excuses and busyness. All I have is yours, including my time. I commit to spend time praying for the church and the world, in the name of Jesus, amen!