2024 Abide Fast Daily Devotionals

January 13 | Make Prayer A Habit, Part 3

God has surely listened and heard my prayer. Psalms 66:19 

The Psalmist wrote, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my prayer” (vv. 18-19). The character flaws you are working on and your tendency to stumble from time-to-time don’t disqualify you from God’s blessing. The sin you cherish does that! In prayer, the first thing God will want to talk to you about is usually the last thing you want to talk to Him about namely. The sin you don’t want to let go of will keep you from the place of prayer. When Adam sinned, he hid from God, saying, “I heard Your voice…and I was afraid because I was naked” (Genesis 3:10). Billy Graham said: “The Christian should have an appetite for prayer. He should want to pray. One does not have to force food upon a healthy child. Exercise, good circulation, health, and labor demand food for sustenance. So it is with those who are spiritually healthy. They have an appetite for the Word of God and for prayer. A little girl committed a certain offense and when her mother discovered it, she began to question her daughter. Immediately the child lost her smile, and a cloud darkened her face as she said, ˜Mother, I don’t feel like talking.” So it is with us, when our fellowship with God is broken by sin in our lives. We do not feel like talking to Him. So, if you don’t feel like praying today, it’s probably a good indication that you need to. 

Consider: If your relationship with the Lord feels cool or distant, ask yourself if you are cherishing sin in your heart. When you see it, confess your sin knowing He is faithful to forgive and restore you. 

City Central Prayer Room Hours

Monday – Thursday: noon prayer (no MLK day)
Wednesday nights: 6:30 PM
All Day Prayer: Saturday Jan 27th, 8 AM to 8 PM

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