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While Prayer Ascends, God’s Mercy Descends (Prayer Motivator Minute #60)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 15:7 which says: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “Prayer is reaching out after the unseen.”

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer is the Way Out of All Trouble, and is the Cure for All Worry (Part 2) (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #116)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Acts 6:4 which reads: “We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Andrew Murray. He said, “If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural.”

Our prayer motivator devotional for today is Part 2 of yesterday’s broadcast titled PRAYER IS THE WAY OUT OF ALL TROUBLE, AND IS THE CURE FOR ALL WORRY AND ANXIETY from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Have you been delivered from all your troubles? Are you continually, day by day, being delivered every time you need deliverance from trouble and worry and care? You CAN have this deliverance, this peace, this quietness, this freedom from worry. And the way to have it is to pray, to pray about everything, to pray through until you get the peace which God has promised, and then, free of all anxious care, daily end in thanksgiving!

Dr. Walter Lewis Wilson, the beloved physician-preacher, said that years ago he had a motto painted and hung by his desk which said, “Why pray when you can worry?” That expresses the attitude of heart of the average Christian. He worries instead of prays. But prayer is the way to end worries. Prayer is the way to constant peace under any circumstance, anywhere.

Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean that a Christian will never have trouble. But in the trouble he can have the sweetest peace all the time. I do not mean that a Christian will never be sick. But in the sickness he can have the ever-present nearness, consciously, of the Holy Spirit. I do not mean that a Christian will never have any problems. But I mean that he can daily take those problems to God and have them settled, without any fret, without any of the unrest that comes from unbelief. A Christian can take his burdens to the Lord and leave them there day by day and have perfect peace. And the only way he can do this is by prayer, regular prayer with supplication and thanksgiving about every problem.

Are you burdened? Then pray your way out!

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

A Christian can make such a habit of praying about every need,every burden, every fret, every care, every problem until he can obey the command of the Saviour in Matthew 6:25 to “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” and again in Matthew 6:31, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” The heathen people seek after these things, are worried and fretted by these problems, but the Christian has a beloved heavenly Father to whom he can take all his burdens and can seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, knowing that all these things shall be added unto him, as promised in Matthew 6:33.

And thus by daily praying through problems as they come, one can learn to “take therefore no thought for the morrow,” but have perfect peace. Prayer is the way out of trouble, and the way to do away with worries and anxiety. Therefore, let us pray!

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #116

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Anything Worth Worrying About is Worth Praying About (Prayer Motivator Minute #59)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Nehemiah 1:6 which says: “Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from T.D. Jakes. He said: “There will always be situations and circumstances that you cannot change for yourself or for your children. There will always be something over which you are utterly powerless—and it may be something potentially devastating. In such moments of crisis, there is no substitute for prayer and there is no source of strength and comfort like prayer. Let your voice be heard in heaven—and let me assure you that God is listening when you pray.”

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer is the Way Out of All Trouble, and is the Cure for All Worry (Part 1) (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #115)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Matthew 26:41 which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Thomas Hooker. He said, “Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest.”

Our prayer motivator devotional for today is titled PRAYER IS THE WAY OUT OF ALL TROUBLE, AND IS THE CURE FOR ALL WORRY AND ANXIETY – Part 1 – from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

If prayer is the way to get what you want and to be full of joy, as we showed on yesterday, then prayer is also the way to get rid of what you do not want and get out of trouble and away from worry and care.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

“Be careful for nothing,” says the Scripture! Christians should not be full of care or anxious over anything. And the remedy is, “In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” A Christian is to “pray through” about everything; thus, day by day he continually has his cares and worries dissolved away, and his heart is left in perfect peace all the time! For God promises to those who bring everything to Him in prayer with supplication and thanksgiving that “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Worry is a blighting sin. It is the very opposite of trust. Yet how many Christians are guilty of this sin! They lose their joy, they dwell in uncertainty, their lives are harried by burdens they ought never to carry and by fears they ought never to entertain. And the secret of ending worry and anxious care is to take things to God every day and pray through with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving.

First Peter 5:7 has another way of stating the same command, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” And Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

Every Christian ought to be marked by a calm, unworried frame of mind, a deep, settled peace of heart that the worldling can never attain and that the world itself can never give. Here is one of the marks of a really successful, happy Christian, whose cares are all laid on the Lord Jesus: Every Christian ought to be able to boast in the Lord as did David in Psalm 34:6, “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”

+ Plus, listen to Steven Surtis Chapman singing “Let Us Pray”

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #115

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Prayer is a Time of Exposure of the Soul to God (Prayer Motivator Minute #58)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Matthew 7:7 which says: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from George Whitefield. He said: “Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground in silent or vocal prayer.”

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer is God’s Way for Christians to Have Fullness of Joy (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #114)

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is Psalm 118:5 which reads: “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from J.H. Jowett. He said, “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”

Our prayer motivator devotional for today is titled PRAYER IS GOD’S WAY FOR CHRISTIANS TO HAVE FULLNESS OF JOY from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Christians ought to be happy. Christians ought to have their wants satisfied. Christians ought not to live defeated, unhappy lives, tormented by needs which cannot be met. So God has appointed that Christians can have fullness of joy all the time by having their prayers answered.

In John 16:24, Jesus said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

Imagine, if you will, a child whose father loves him so much that he can come day by day and ask his father for anything he needs. If the child in his ignorance asks for something that would cause him trouble and sorrow, the father very carefully explains and teaches the child what would be best, and then teaches him to ask for something far better than that for which he had intended to ask. Thus the child has every desire granted and lives in a blessed state of happiness and joy because his father delights to give him the desires of his heart.

Or imagine a young wife, married to a rich husband who so loves her and delights in her that he gives her everything for which she expresses a desire. Her life is filled with happiness because her husband loves her so much and gives her all the things for which her heart craves.

And that is what God wants to do for His children, only He can do infinitely more. The father cannot change the heart attitude of his child, and so a rich father often finds that his son grows indolent and unprincipled, and the father’s wealth proves a curse to his son. But God can teach His children and lead them by the Holy Spirit to pray for the things that will bring fullness of joy and no curse. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

And a young husband has many times spent thousands of dollars trying to make his wife happy; but he could not give health, nor could he give the baby that she desired, nor could he give contentment of mind in the midst of the giddy round of social affairs. So no father and no husband can give fullness of joy. But thank God, that is just exactly what our heavenly Father says He wants to do for us. He wants to give us all we ask, and even help us ask aright. We are to ask and receive so our joy will be full.

Prayer, then, is the secret of constant joy, the secret really of FULLNESS OF JOY. A rich, full life for a Christian depends on how much and how he prays. If you get on such praying ground that you can get things from God, get all the desires of your heart, get all that you need, then day by day you can live a victorious, happy life. The way to be happy and full of joy is to pray. Prayer is the secret of fullness of joy, and for that reason Christians should pray.

+ Plus, listen to The Katinas singing “Praying for You”

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #114

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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More is Said About Prayer and Less Done About it Than Any Other Subject in the Bible (Prayer Motivator Minute #57)

I like what Teresa Hairston said, “Let’s pray about it and then be about it.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Psalm 56:9 which says: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.”

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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