Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Daily Devotion: A Life of Prayerlessness

Bible Reading:  Matthew 26:30-40 

Key Verse: Verse 40 – “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?”

Key Words: What, could ye not watch with me one hour

Do you spend time daily in prayer?  If not, why not?  We say we believe in prayer.  If so, why don’t we put our words into action?

In Hugh Price Hughes’ story, the “City of Everywhere,” a man arrived in a city one cold morning.  As he got off the train, the station was like any other station with the crowds and redcaps, except that everybody was barefoot.  They wore no shoes.  He noticed the cabdriver was barefooted.  “Pardon me,” he asked the driver.  “I was just wondering why you don’t wear shoes.  Don’t you believe in shoes?”

“Sure we do,” said the driver.

“Why don’t you wear them?”

“Ah, that’s the question,” came the reply.  “Why don’t we wear shoes?  Why don’t we?”

At the hotel it was the same.  The clerk, bell boys, everybody was barefooted.  In the coffee shop he noticed a nice-looking fellow at a table opposite him who was barefooted.  He said, “I notice you aren’t wearing any shoes.  I wonder why.  Then why don’t you wear them?”

“Ah, that’s the question.  Why don’t we?  Why don’t we?”

After breakfast he walked out on the street in the snow but every person he saw was barefooted.  He asked another man about it, and pointed out how shoes protect your feet from cold. 

The man said, “We know about shoes.  See that building yonder?  That is a shoe factory.  We are proud of that plant and every week we gather there to hear the man in charge tell about shoes and how wonderful they are.”

“Then why don’t you wear shoes?”

“Ah, that’s the question.”

Don’t we believe in prayer?  Don’t we know what it could mean in our lives?  Then why don’t we pray?  Ah, that’s the question...Why don’t we?

Good question, don’t you agree?
What to do:
✞ Stop making excuses and put prayer into action.

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