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Assurance in Prayer, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #208)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is philippians 4:19 which reads: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Carey. He said: “Prayer—secret, fervent, believing prayer—lies at the root of all personal godliness.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “ASSURANCE IN PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

How strange it is that some people learn only the letter of the Bible and never get the Spirit’s message.

John R. Rice tells the following story: Several years ago a good man sold Bibles in a revival campaign I conducted. He had read the Bible through each year for 22 years, he told me, and at that time was reading the New Testament through each month. I feel sure he was a sincere, good man. Yet he told me he had not yet decided about whether a saved person already possessed everlasting life so that he could never be lost, or not. And when we spoke of the second coming of Christ, he was not sure whether he was a premillennialist or not; and he thought perhaps one must be baptized to be saved. He had read the Bible many, many times, but got only the letter.

So the Scripture never indicates that reading the Bible is enough for a Christian. If you would know the will of God so you can pray in His will, with confidence in getting an answer, you must have the Word abiding in your heart.

Psalm 1:2-3 says about the blessed man: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

And is not that as blessed a promise as a Christian could ask? It is really a prayer promise; it is almost the same as saying that one who meditates day and night in the Bible will have everything he asks for; that God will prosper everything he does, give him everything he wants. That could only be because he so earnestly seeks with the heart to know the will of God that all his prayers are according to God’s will and God can safely trust him with anything he wants!

+ Plus, listen to Lecrae singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

When the Wise Man Prays, the All Wise God Answers (The Prayer Motivator Minute #149)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7-8 which says: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Anselm of Canterbury. He said, “God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely.”

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Assurance in Prayer, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #207)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 95:5 which reads: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Evan Roberts. He said: “Prayer is the secret of power.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “ASSURANCE IN PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Jesus meant the same thing in regards to praying in the will of God, I think, when He said in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

“Abiding in Christ” must mean at one with Him, agreed with Him, surrendered to His will, trusting joyfully in Him. But to love and trust Christ is not enough if you would have your prayers answered. If you do not know His will, what would please Him, then no matter how you love Him, how surrendered to His will, then you could not expect Him always to answer your prayers.

So the condition is added, “and if my words abide in you.” You need to know the Bible from the heart so that Christ’s words really live in you, and then, abiding in Him, you can ask anything you want and get it. So a loving heart-reception of the Word of God is a part of praying in the will of God. We know the will of God largely through the Bible.

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

If You Really Love Someone, You Will Pray for Them (The Prayer Motivator Minute #148)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Samuel 3:10 which says: “And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John of Kronstadt. He said, “It is necessary to rouse the heart to pray, otherwise it will become quite dry. The attributes of prayer must be: love of God, sincerity, and simplicity.”

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Humble Prayer Takes the Wheels Off of Pride (The Prayer Motivator Minute #147)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 15:8 which says: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John Wesley. He said, “Whether we think of or speak to God; whether we act or suffer for him; all is prayer when we have no other object than his love, and the desire of pleasing him.”

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Assurance in Prayer, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #206)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 46:10 which reads: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Henry Drummond. He said: “Ten minutes spent in the presence of Christ every day, aye, two minutes, will make the whole day different.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled “ASSURANCE IN PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

When we know we pray in the will of God, how confident we may be of getting our prayers answered! In I John 5:14-15 is this sweet assurance: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

How sweet to pray, knowing that God gladly listens, since we are asking things according to His will. And thus praying, often we can literally know without any doubt that we are to receive the things we have requested.

That is one reason for taking delight in the Lord, in His Word, His work, His will, His sweet presence through the Holy Spirit’s conscious communion. For Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

That is another way of saying that the way to have your prayers answered is to so delight in God’s will and be so surrendered to His loving plan that you and the Lord will see eye-to-eye and He can afford to risk you with anything your heart desires! That is praying in the will of God.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Jesus in Gethsemane is Our Example of How We Ought Pray, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #205)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:22-24 which reads: “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said: “A man who is intimate with God in prayer will never be intimidated by men.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “JESUS IN GETHSEMANE IS OUR EXAMPLE OF HOW WE OUGHT TO PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Let no one think that Christ was simply resigned to the cross. Rather, He hastened toward it! He said in Luke 12:50, “I have a baptism to be baptised with; and how am I straightened till it be accomplished!” He also said in John 10:17-18, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” Long before Jesus came to this world, and every day of His life here, He was perfectly surrendered to go to the cross.

What I am saying is that Jesus did not fearfully, reluctantly, resign Himself to the will of the Father, asking one thing but consenting to another. No, JESUS PRAYED IN THE WILL OF GOD, NOT AGAINST IT, and got what He prayed for. And the example He gave is not that we are to ask for our own way but be willing to give it up. Rather, it is that we may know God’s will and ask for that all along, as Jesus did.

No doubt we will not always know as perfectly as Jesus knew the will of God. Perhaps it was largely for our example that He prayed so repeatedly, “Thy will be done,” and, “Not as I will but as thou wilt,” since the incident is clearly recorded by Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as if the Holy Spirit wished to emphasize it. Every Christian should have this explicit understanding with God about every prayer, “Not as I will but as thou wilt.”

Oh, may we learn to pray with hearts surrendered to the will of God!

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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 
 
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