Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:36 which says: “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 for today is from Frank Laubach. He said, “The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says ‘Amen’ and runs away before God has a chance to reply. Listening to God is far more important than giving Him our ideas.”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Ephesians 6:18 which reads: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Samuel Chadwick He said: “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Add to this list from the records of the church your personal observation and experience, and always there is the cost of passion unto blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “PRAYER FOR THE SICK IS APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY AS IT WAS IN BIBLICAL TIMES” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
Some ultra-dispensationalists say that the book of James was primarily to Jewish believers and not to Gentile Christians. Even the Scofield Reference Bible has a subhead before Hebrews, James, I and II Peter and Jude, calling them “the Jewish-Christian Epistles,” as if they were essentially different from the rest of the New Testament. But this is not true. It is true that James addresses his epistle “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” But that was when the only Christians scattered abroad were Jewish Christians. James was probably the first epistle written in the New Testament and was written to all those who were Christians. But it is also true that the book of Galatians was addressed “unto the churches of Galatia,” and that Romans was addressed “to all that be at Rome.” And no one doubts that they are messages for us, the spiritual successors of the Christians in that day.
But fortunately we do not have to guess as to whom the Holy Spirit meant to address in these writings. Notice in James 5:14 that it is elders who are to be called to pray, not a rabbi; elders of the church, and not rulers of the synagogue. This is a message to Christians in churches, and not to Jews in synagogues. And notice particularly James 5:3, “Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
James, chapter 5, is fitting for the last days. Verse 7 says, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord,” This epistle of James, the last chapter particularly, is fitted for the days just preceding the Lord’s return.
Again in verse 8 we are told, “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
And again, verse 9 in this same fifth chapter of James says, “Behold, the judge standeth before the door.”
So in this chapter, at least four times, the last days and the second coming of Christ are mentioned. It could not be clearer than it is, that the Lord meant these blessed commands and promises about praying for the healing of the sick to be claimed in these last days, when the coming of the Lord draws nigh, and when the Judge stands at the door. Do not let anyone take away from you the book of James — it belongs to Christians of this age.
+ Plus, listen to Jessy Dixon singing “I Know What Prayer Can Do”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:14 which says: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”
Our prayer motivator quote for today is from E.M. Bounds. He said, “Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.'”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which reads: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Robert Murray M’Cheyne. He said, “I ought to pray before seeing anyone…Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: ‘Early will I seek thee’…I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of our series titled “PRAYER FOR THE SICK IS APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY AS IT WAS IN BIBLICAL TIMES” from Dr. John R. Rice.
+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Anybody Wanna Pray”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 14:15 which reads: “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from S.D. Gordon. He said: “Prayer wonderfully clears the vision; steadies the nerves; defines duty; stiffens the purpose; sweetens and strengthens the spirit.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is our 5th and final in our series titled “ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING AND FOR THE HEALING OF OTHERS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…
Once in a church prayer meeting, in Dallas, Texas, we had many testimonies of remarkable answers to prayer for healing of the body. Some had been healed after spending hundreds of dollars on hospital and doctor bills and after long weeks of suffering. Some had been healed who had been given up by good doctors to die. The testimonies were blessed.
At the close of the testimony meeting, a dear old Christian lady rose and said, “Brother Rice, if the time ever comes when I am sick and the doctors can’t help me, and when medicine doesn’t do any good, I’m going to call on you and this church to pray for me!”
How like the rest of us that is! We call on God when other things have failed. How glad He would be if we called on Him first; then, as He directs, we can use medicine and doctors as He leads, and give God the glory when He heals. Or if He gives faith for healing without doctors and medicine, we can take the blessing He gives and thank Him for it. Christians ought to look first to God in every trouble and in every need. So when we Christians are sick, we should pray, and others should pray for us.
No doubt there are many Christians who are sick who ought to be well, and would be if they came in Jesus’ name to God in prayer according to the scriptural plan. It is not always God’s will to heal the sick, we know; but usually it is His blessed will, and certainly always we should pray. In those cases where it is not God’s will to heal the sick, He will make His will known to humble and surrendered hearts. Meantime, whenever we are sick, let us pray.