Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Kings 8:22 which says: “And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.”
Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men.”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:36 which reads: “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jack Hayford. He said, “You and I can help decide which of these two things – blessing or cursing – happens on earth.We will determine whether God’s goodness is released toward specific situations or whether the power of sin and Satan is permitted to prevail. Prayer is the determining factor….If we don’t, He won’t.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled PRAYERS PEOPLE PRAYED IN THE BIBLE BACKS UP THE TRUTH THAT PRAYER IS GETTING DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF ASKING from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
Consider the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer, which Jesus gave us in Matthew 6:9-13. The Saviour said to us: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name,” which is a reverential approach to God. And then follows a series of requests or five things that Jesus tells us to ask God for:
1. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” This is a prayer for the second coming, a request that Jesus may come quickly, and that He soon will reign on the earth and put down all of His enemies. It is the prayer that John the beloved prayed by divine inspiration in Revelation 22:20: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
2. “Give us this day our daily bread.”
3. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
4. “And lead us not into temptation.”
5. “But deliver us from evil.”
And then follows a very short prayer closing, which is a very simple argument as to why our heavenly Father can give us these things and should do it: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Much of the Lord’s Prayer is asking, all the way. We are plainly commanded to pray like this daily. When the Bible speaks of prayer, it always means asking.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus gave examples of prayer. He said prayer is like a man knocking at a door and saying, “Friend, lend me three loaves.” It is like a widow before a judge, saying, “Avenge me of mine adversary.” It is like a son asking for bread or a fish or an egg from a father. According to Jesus, prayer is a very simple business; and anybody who can ask for things can pray.
So when God invites us to pray He invites us to ask things of Him.
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Prayer is not adoration. Adoration is good. We ought to adore Him whom the angels adore. But adoration is not prayer, and prayer is not adoration. Prayer is always asking. It is not anything else but asking.
Prayer is not meditation. It is proper to meditate day and night in the Word of God. Quiet devotion and meditating upon the Word of God and upon the Lord’s blessings are fine. Every Christian ought to take such times for meditation. But remember that that is not prayer. The Bible never calls it prayer, and we sin against God and misuse the Scriptures and pervert the truth, when we call such things prayer. Prayer is not meditation. Prayer is asking.
Humiliation is not prayer, though it is certainly proper for Christians to humble themselves before God. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” And we are told in Luke 18:14 that, “he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” But humiliation is not prayer. The Bible expressly separates them. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray.” So humiliation is one thing, and prayer is another thing. Humiliation is preparation for prayer, perhaps, and humiliation is always proper in a Christian. But humility and humiliation are not prayer. Prayer is asking.
Even confession is not strictly prayer. It is proper for Christians to confess their sins, and the Bible many times commands it; but confession is one thing, and prayer is another. In Daniel 9:4, Daniel tells us, “And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession.” Daniel both prayed and made confession. If you will read through that long passage which tells us of Daniel’s prayer and confession together, you will find that much of it is confession but that after confession came the brokenhearted requests of Daniel 9:16-19 that God would turn His anger and fury away from Jerusalem and forgive the sins of His people and restore the nation and the holy city, Jerusalem, and the temple. Confession is proper, but confession, strictly speaking, is not prayer. Prayer is ASKING. And asking is prayer, and nothing else is really prayer.
In Philippians 4:6 the Lord says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Note that prayer is one thing and that thanksgiving is a separate thing. With this as a key thought, go through the Scripture, and you will find that often the Scripture speaks of prayer and supplication, prayer and confession, prayer and thanksgiving. Thus, the heart of prayer is to ask something from God. Everything else is an incidental which is not essentially a part of prayer. Asking is prayer, and prayer is asking.
So when God invites us to pray He invites us to ask things of Him.
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Hebrews 7:25 which reads: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from S.D. Gordon. He said, “It may sound strange, but in its simplest meaning prayer has to do with conflict. Rightly understood it is the deciding factor in a spirit conflict…Prayer is man giving God a footing on the contested territory of this earth.”
Our prayer motivator devotional for today is part 2 of yesterday’s broadcast titled PRAYER IS GETTING DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF ASKING from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
There are two principal words in the Greek New Testament translated ‘ask’. One of the words ‘eperoto’, which means ‘to ask, to crave, to desire, to call for,’ always meaning ‘asking for something’. I have just counted about 30 times that this word is used about prayer in the New Testament. And it is properly translated ‘ask’.
Modernists do not believe that prayer really changes things. So the modernist does not accept the plain Bible teaching that prayer is asking and the answer is receiving, that prayer is seeking and the answer is finding, that prayer is knocking and the answer is that God opens the door — the Bible doctrine that God is primarily “thou that hearest prayer”, and that He is “a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him”. And since they do not believe the Bible doctrine that prayer is asking and that God really answers, that prayer really changes things, modernists and unbelievers teach that prayer is largely a meditation and communion. At most, the modernist believes only that prayer can do some good inside us, that it is a spiritual enjoyment. And so modernists discourage concrete requests and call such prayer selfish.
Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, a noted modernist, in his book “The Meaning of Prayer” says, “There are some who still think of prayer in terms of childish supplications to a divine Santa Claus.” And again he says, “Many foolish prayers are offered by the well-meaning but unintelligent with the excuse that they are childlike in their simple trust…To pray to God as though He were Santa Claus is childish.” “Childishness in prayer is chiefly evidenced in an overweening desire to beg things from God.” Then this unbeliever, who denies that Jesus was the virgin-born One, paying for our sins, denies the veracity of the Bible, prates about prayer as ‘friendship with God’. To the modernist prayer is nice but does not get things from God. Prayer does not change things.
And many Bible believers fall into this snare, this doctrine that prayer is merely spiritual fellowship, that we do not really get things from God but that after we pray we feel stronger to get them for ourselves or are perhaps resigned to do without them! How far is this from the Bible teaching on prayer!
I once visited a home in Chicago where for purposes of exercise they had an “electric horse”. As a horseman of long experience in my youth, I was asked to ride the electric horse. I got on, pressed the button, and presto, galloped and galloped, arms flapping, coattail waving! The action was a fine imitation of the gallop of a horse. But it was only an imitation after all, for I pressed the button, the galloping stopped, and I got off exactly where I got on! I had not been anywhere at all! And that is exactly like the prayer of a modernist, purely for exercise and not to get things from a prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God!
Prayer is not meditation, not adoration, not even communion in the ordinary sense. Prayer is asking God for something.
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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 143:1 which says: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.”
Our prayer motivator quote for today is from R.A. Torrey. He said, “Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”