Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 25:1 which reads: “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts, and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled How to Obtain God’s Blessings for Those Who Are in Need, Especially Those Who Are Lost from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
It is important to note that after the Lord’s Prayer from the mouth of the Saviour, there is no “amen.” The lesson in prayer is not over. The simple elementals of prayer have been taught; now the Lord Jesus goes on further into the marvelous realm of intercessory prayer, prayers for others. Here He teaches the disciples to enter into His own brokenhearted burden and pleading for the salvation of sinners. In Luke 11:5-8, Jesus continues the lesson on prayer:
“And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”
Blessed is the man who has a friend. But here we see illustrated the man who has two. There is the Friend nearby who has plenty of bread, and there is the other friend, who, in his journey, has come to him and is hungry. Every Christian has these two friends. One Friend is God, who has plenty of bread for sinners. The other friend is the sinner himself. Every Christian in the world stands between God and the lost world. We are the channel which God has chosen to carry bread to sinners. Jesus said to His disciples concerning the five thousand who waited, hungry – yea, famishing, and weak – “Give ye them to eat.” When Christ furnished the bread, the disciples carried it to the waiting thousands who had no bread. Here the disciples are taught to pray as the man who so desperately needs bread for one friend and so goes to another friend and pleads until he gets all he needs.
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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 5:3 which reads: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Martin Luther. He said, “If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled THE POWER OF “THE LORD’S PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
Jesus then gave His disciples the model prayer, which multitudes simply call “the Lord’s prayer”. Do not quibble about the name. The Lord Jesus gave it as a model for prayer. Let us learn to pray as Jesus here taught His disciples to pray: “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
This prayer is simple and universal in its usefulness. Every Christian – from the most ignorant child to the most profound scholar – can approach God, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven.” And every one should approach reverently, “Hallowed be thy name.” And all of us alike ought to pray for the Lord’s return and His kingdom on the earth. How many, many times the saints of God have uttered these words, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” without realizing that thus we are to pray regularly for the return of Christ. That is the blessed hope of the Christian. John said in Revelation 22:20, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Note that this prayer is for common, everyday needs, universal needs of the people of God.
“Give us day by day our daily bread.” We have a right to pray for our daily needs. Food, clothes, shelter, a job, physical necessities are included in God’s will for a Christian. Christians do not always get what they want, but Christians ought to get all they need.
I believe that just as confidently as a child comes to his mother orfather for food, so any Christian ought to come to God for daily needs, physical, material needs. God is the Maker of this world, and “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.” The God who fed Elijah with ravens, and made the meal and the oil last all along for the widow and her sons and the prophet of God, and the hand that fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes, can still feed the saints of God and supply their needs.
God is our Father. All the heavens and the earth are His, and He will gladly clothe His children as He does the lilies of the field. He will as gladly feed His beloved as He does the fowls of the air. It is well to note that this prayer should be a model for prayers every day. We need not use these exact words, but we ought at least to pray today for today’s bread. Tomorrow we need to pray again for tomorrow’s bread.
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 16:11 which reads: “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled ASKING GOD FOR BREAD FOR SINNERS – “LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
The disciples often heard Jesus pray. Luke 9:18 says, “And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him…” So in Luke 11:1 we find that the disciples quietly waited while Jesus poured out His heart in prayer: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
There was nothing formal nor ordinary in the prayer of Jesus. To hear Jesus pray would carry one, surely, into the very Holy of Holies! Can you imagine the groanings, the tears, the happy, child-like faith, the urgency with which Jesus prayed? How the disciples marveled and grew hungry-hearted as they heard Jesus pray!
I do not know other things that were in the prayer Jesus prayed, but I know one note that could not be lacking. He was come to seek and to save that which was lost. It was to this end that He was born. His compassion for sinners, His burning zeal to save them, the love and grace which carried Him to the cross, were surely manifested in His prayer that day while the disciples quietly waited.
And when Jesus closed His prayer and looked up, one of the disciples, moved so deeply by hearing Jesus pray, said, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught His disciples.”
John the Baptist had taught his disciples to pray. What a lesson for preachers! We should teach people to pray. Christians do not automatically become great men and women of prayer just as soon asthey are born again. Prayer is an art that requires teaching. Every pastor and teacher should set himself to training people in Christ-like prayer. So this disciple asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Christians should study how to pray. They should ask God to teach them to pray. They should train themselves in Christ-like prayer.
The entire passage of Scripture in Luke 11:2-13 was given by Jesus in response to this earnest request that He teach His disciples to pray. Let us study these verses carefully. Let us learn to pray as John taught his disciples to pray and as Jesus taught His disciples to pray. We should learn to pray in the spirit with which they prayed. We should pray for the same kind of things for which they asked. And we should pray with assurance and according to the will of God. We should get our prayers answered as they did.
Suppose we approach this Scripture reverently, then, with a heart fully committed to learn from this Scripture lesson just how to pray as Jesus taught His disciples.
The first thing is to come with the same hungry heart the disciples had and pray the same prayer. I suggest that every listener stop now and search his heart a moment. Then, can you pray the prayer of this hungry-hearted disciple? If you can, then bow your heart before God and earnestly, sincerely pray this prayer: “Lord, teach me to pray.”
Let us look to Christ to teach us through this Scripture. And as the Holy Spirit intreprets it to our hearts, may we be taught to pray so that we may pray as Jsus did and as He taught His disciple to pray, even as John taught his disciples to pray.
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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Ephesians 3:20 which says: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
Our prayer motivator quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.”