Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:

As chaff that the storm carrieth away…

— Job 21:18

What are the results of prayerlessness? The list continues from Job 21, including no protection from the storms of life, blown away like chaff.

Throughout the ages, when the grain is harvested, it is separated from the hulls and stalks—the chaff—often by shaking, scraping, rubbing, and tossing in the air. Today the massive grain harvesters, or combines, offer dramatic examples of this process. The grain remains, but the chaff is blown away by the wind or distributed on the harvested soil to begin decaying and preparing the land for the next crop.

This verse also mentions that storms which come whether you are prayerful or prayerless. If you are prayerful, the storms and wind will not affect you; if you are prayerless, they will. Only as you stay on your knees will you remain unmovable and unshaken by the trials of life.

In addition, Job 21 tells of sorrow for generations to come: “God layeth up his iniquity for his children.” The harvest of the prayerless will bring sorrow and anguish to their descendants.

But the prayerful will see blessings untold upon their lives and their heritage, for the Word of God declares, “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9, KJV).

A Prayer for Today:

Heavenly Father, thank You for the privilege of prayer. May I never be ungrateful for all You do for me and my heritage. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for pursuing me, thought I was unclean and unworthy. Thank You for rescuing me. I give my heart and life to you today to do wherever You lead me. May Your Holy Spirit transform me—spiritually, emotionally, and physically—to be more like You. I pray all these things with thanksgiving in my heart, Amen!