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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 1:6-7 which reads: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke. She said: “If you feel your life is too full, too chaotic, too messy to find time to pray. Think again. You can not get anything meaningful done before praying. Actually you can simplify your life with prayer. When we leave our burdens to God we can get on with our life. Prayer will intensify our joy of living.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled “HOW TO BE DEFINITE IN PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Another way to be definite in prayer is to go on the record. I often feel a need when I pray to take pencil and paper and write out certain definite requests and number them 1, 2, 3, etc. Often I make confessions of sin the same way. As honestly and as fairly as I can, I wait before God until He lays on my heart things that grieve Him, certain matters in which I have failed or sinned, then I write them out plainly on a piece of paper. I keep that before me for a few days until I feel I have gotten the victory, and God knows and I know that I have honestly judged those sins and tried to put them away and have confessed them to God. (But you may be sure I do not leave that list of unconfessed sins around where anybody else can see it!)
So I often write down definite requests. For example, in a little prayer notebook I occasionally jot down on the left-hand page a prayer request and the date and the names of any who agree with me in that earnest request. On the right-hand page I leave a blank space for the day when the prayer is answered. And there I mark down the answer and the date and praise the Lord.
Often when you will start out to pray for things, you soon find that it is not the will of God. If the Holy Spirit does not help you pray, then consider that perhaps you are not praying according to God’s will. So change your prayer as the Spirit leads. Do not keep an old prayer list and try to follow it when you have no assurance that God is pleased with the prayers.
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