Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:17 which says: “And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Chuck Smith. He said, “Through prayer you can advance with the battering ram and demolish the strongholds the enemy has on those individual lives—freeing them from the power that holds them captive.”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 116:4 which reads: “Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said: “We do not pray at all until we are at our wits’ end.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “SIN HINDERS OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AS WELL AS FOR OTHER THINGS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said….
God does send sickness because of sin, as is shown throughout the Bible. Miriam, Uzziah, and Gehazi were all struck with leprosy because of their sins. King Jeroboam had his hand withered because he attempted to seize the prophet of God. In the New Testament, King Herod was smitten of God and worms ate him because he took honor as a god. Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead at Peter’s words. Elymas the sorcerer was made blind for his sin in resisting the Gospel before the deputy, when Paul preached.
When Jesus healed the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, He told him in John 5:14, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon thee.” When He healed the palsied man borne of four and let down through the roof, He said first, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Then later He said in Mark 2:5-11, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” And then, the man was healed at once. But his sins were first forgiven. That should teach us that forgiveness is far more important than healing of the body. But surely it also shows that often sins need to be forgiven before God can honorably heal the body.
We are told that in Corinth many Christians ate the Lord’s supper unworthily. They had divisions, some came drunk to the Lord’s table, some were guilty of even grosser sins. For this reason there was sickness among them, and some Christians died prematurely because of their sins. The Holy Spirit had Paul write them in I Corinthians 11:30-32: “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
So for a child of God sickness is often the chastening of the Lord. Every Christian who is sick or weakly should judge himself, carefully confessing every known sin and forsaking his own way in any matter that may be contrary to God’s way.
This is Daniel Whyte III with the Prayer Motivator Minute here to remind you that there is still great power in prayer to God Almighty. Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:15 which says: “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said, “Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from J. Hudson Taylor. He said: “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is the 3rd and final part of our series titled “COMMUNE DAILY WITH GOD IN PRAYER” from Dr. Curtis Hutson.
Dr. Curtis Hutson tells this story: “When my son was a tiny tot, I had him ask the blessing at the table before one of our meals. He prayed for several things, then he prayed, “And, dear God, bless all my sins.”
I chuckled and thought, ‘That’s the attitude many Christians take.’ Later, I explained that we didn’t ask God to bless our sins — we confess them and ask God to forgive and cleanse them. The believer should pray daily because he needs forgiveness and cleansing every day.
Martin Luther said, “Keep short accounts with God,” meaning, don’t let sin build up in your life. When you sin, immediately confess it and claim the forgiveness and cleansing which God offers.
A preacher, on the way to church early one Sunday morning, stopped at a service station where he saw a little girl with her baby brother. The little boy was grimy and dirty. Looking at him, the preacher said, “Son, how in the world did you get so dirty so early in the morning?”
The little boy’s sister interrupted, “Preacher, he didn’t get that dirty this morning. He went to bed like that last night.”
How many believers go to bed night after night with sins unconfessed. You allow sin to build up in your life and lose fellowship with Christ. Communing daily with God in prayer is an absolute essential to successful Christian living.
It’s the way to get wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Here God says, “Ask for all the wisdom you want, and I’ll give it liberally and will not scold you for asking.” What an encouragement to pray!
There are a number of other reasons why the believer should pray daily, but these are some of the more important ones.
+ Plus, listen to Daniel Whyte Jr. singing “Prayer”
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:6 which reads: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Henry Melville. He said: “Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.”
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, our devotional today is titled “HOW TO GET IN A THANKSGIVING STATE OF MIND”. This is a piece that I wrote some years ago regarding Thanksgiving for my book “Money Under the Car Seat And Other Things To Thank God For”. Allow me to share it with you now:
When I wrote this essay some time back I left out one interesting little fact, and that is, that I am the least likely individual to write anything about a holiday, much less a book. I say that simply because throughout my adult life, I have never celebrated any holidays including Christmas, not for any religious convictions, but, probably simply because I find holidays and birthdays vain, and a colossal waste of energy, money, and time. In fact, this will shock you, there were certain holidays that I used to hate to see come around, simply because places like the bank and the post office would shut down for no good reason, in my humble opinion.
Yes, I was a literal Scrooge and still am to some degree, I guess. But for some reason, somehow, the Spirit of THANKSGIVING reached out and took me in out of the “non-holiday” cold and warmed my heart in a big way, so much so, that I was compelled to write this little book. I was not looking for Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving found me. This is what I mean when I say in the essay, “Thanksgiving happens to you.” There is a power in the spirit of Thanksgiving that affects you far more than what you contribute to it. I am convinced that a person is in a spiritual coma if he or she cannot recognize a special presence of God during Thanksgiving week, when an entire nation of over 300 million people are at least recognizing and thanking the God Who made them, whether they want to or not. When I wrote this piece, I tried to convey two things:
1. The radiant spirit of Thanksgiving in the natural, that is, the physical blessings of God that we humans (or at least I) enjoy during that time.
2. The radiant spirit of Thanksgiving in the Spirit realm, that is, the glory that our loving God deserves and receives from us during that time of the year, especially.
Believe it or not, I normally do not struggle to write anything, but this piece was strangely difficult to compose and to convey. I tried to express the emotions, the feelings, and the spirit of Thanksgiving that I, and I am sure others feel, with the true meaning and purpose of this wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving, simultaneously. I hope that I have succeeded.
We do not make Thanksgiving happen. Thanksgiving happens to us. What I mean by that is: even though some wise people, many years ago, prompted by God, of course, started what is now called the Thanksgiving holiday to give thanks for the mercies, blessings, and provisions of a loving God, God has taken a very special interest in this holiday called Thanksgiving, because it brings glory to Him. God is very interested in His glory. When Thanksgiving comes, I don’t know about you, but I sense more than ever the presence of Almighty God.
GOD INHABITS THE PRAISE OF HIS PEOPLE
Thanksgiving is a glorious holiday. For my family, the entire Thanksgiving week is an easy going, laid back time of enjoying God’s goodness and praising Him. Thanksgiving is not just a holiday to us, it is a spiritual activity; it is a state of mind; it is an emotion—a positive emotion. It is a feeling—a positive feeling. No, we don’t make Thanksgiving happen. Thanksgiving happens to us. When a group of people gather together around that theme of thanking and praising God, not only does God get the glory, but strangely, something happens to those who give Him that glory. Being in a Thanksgiving state of mind is not about the Pilgrims and the Indians. When we are truly in the spirit of Thanksgiving, or in that Thanksgiving state of mind, it is not just about family. It is not just about eating. It is not just about traveling. It is much bigger than that.
Yes, when I am in that Thanksgiving state of mind, I think of relaxation. I think of wearing comfortable, plush sweat pants and shirts, lounging around, taking it easy, napping and watching the football game all at the same time, and anticipating a great meal. However, Thanksgiving is bigger than that.
When I am in that Thanksgiving state of mind, I think about cool southern weather on the outside, with the golden leaves falling down in their order; but warm and comfortable on the inside, with heat coming from the fireplace, and not to mention the pleasant aroma and warmth coming from the kitchen. More importantly, I think about how good God has been to me.
When I am in that Thanksgiving state of mind, I also think about family. Being together as a family for Thanksgiving is a beautiful thing, and, well, it should be. A Thanksgiving holiday family get-together ought not to be a contest between sisters-in-law or mothers-in-law or siblings. It ought not ever to be what it commonly turns out to be—an argument about something that happened twenty years ago, or some kind of guilt trip that someone tries to place on someone, or a series of power plays put on by the Queen Bee that stirs up a sour spirit for the rest of the Thanksgiving day and weekend. No, a thousand times NO! Thanksgiving does not have to be that way and should not be that way. In my humble opinion, family members, mothers included, ought to be barred from the next Thanksgiving holiday celebration if they cause a stink during Thanksgiving and if they do not get it right. Be that as it may, Thanksgiving ought to be a happy experience from beginning to end, and God ought to be the center of it all.
When in that Thanksgiving state of mind, I also think about others. No matter what you may think about the now deceased Hosea Williams from Atlanta, the former civil rights worker under Martin Luther King, Jr., he was faithful to feeding more people each Thanksgiving than you and I will feed in ten lifetimes. He cared about the poor and down and out during the Thanksgiving holiday, and we ought to be concerned about the less fortunate as well. As you will find later in this book, I believe that each of us ought to help somebody less fortunate than ourselves, either here in America or in some foreign land, during the Thanksgiving holiday week.
Also, when I am in that Thanksgiving state of mind, I also think of the dying of another year—a year that we had never seen before and a year that we shall never see again. During Thanksgiving week, I reflect on my accomplishments and even on my failures of the past year. I normally do not set any major goals for the next five weeks or so of the dying year. Thanksgiving is the week the life support system for the dying year is cut off, and we humbly and joyfully coast to the colossal holiday we call Christmas; and then a few days after that, on to the exciting holiday and new beginning of New Years Day. This entire period of ease between Thanksgiving and New Years is given by God, I believe, for relaxation and reflection and for giving thanks. I believe this period that begins at Thanksgiving is God’s way of saying, “See, I really don’t need your help. All that you were anxious about at the beginning of the year has all come to pass. I provided for you and brought you through. I love you, but I don’t need your help. All I desire is just your obedience, your praise and your thanksgiving.”
With that said, I am reminded of a poster I saw in an insurance office. It read:
Good morning. I am God.
I will be handling all of your problems today.
And I won’t be needing your help,
So relax and enjoy your day.
Friend of mine, don’t fight the relaxed atmosphere and feeling that you get during this time. Enjoy it! For after January 1, the fight resumes and you will have plenty to do.
Finally, when I am in that Thanksgiving state of mind, my spirit and my soul are overwhelmed by gratitude and thanksgiving to my God Who has “brought me from a mighty long way.” I can say with my dad, “God has smiled on me.” In spite of my failures and faults, God, in his love and mercy, has blessed me, and is still blessing me. God is a good God. God is a merciful God. God is a forgiving God. God is a delivering God and He deserves all of our praise and thanks. Let us not only do it on the fourth Thursday of the month of November, but each day of the year, let us be in a Thanksgiving state of mind.
+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer Changes Things”
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 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.”