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How to Be Definite in Prayer, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #230)


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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.

+ Plus, listen to Jessy Dixon singing “I Know What A Prayer Can Do”

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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In the Spiritual Battle, Get On Your Knees and Fight (The Prayer Motivator Minute #171)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Hebrews 4:6 which says: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Richard J. Foster. He said, “Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us.”

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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How to Be Definite in Prayer, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #229)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need. Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer, and be serious and earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask, as a traveller asks the way. Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost; or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one that asketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, all are alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith. It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Alexander Whyte. He said: “If you find your life of prayer to be always so short, and so easy, and so spiritual, as to be without cost and strain and sweat to you, you may depend upon it, you have not yet begun to pray.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “HOW TO BE DEFINITE IN PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Years ago I went for a series of revival services to the First Baptist Church of Peacock, a little town in West Texas. That midwest Texas town was in the clutches of a terrible drought. It had not rained for months, so crops were utterly ruined. Even normally it was too dry to raise corn, but in that particular year even drought-resistant crops, as milo maize and cane, were blighted and their tops were all sear, brown and dead. Water holes were dried up. The pastures were in some places almost as barren as a floor. Frequently as one drove down the lane, he could smell dead cattle that had starved to death. Some farms were deserted, and people had traveled far to get work and earn a little income to live on.

As we went into the revival services, my heart got more and more burdened about the barren country. I felt that God wanted to show His power. So I promised God that as soon as the Christian people began to be aroused and concerned over their sins and over their lost loved ones, I would call a meeting of confession and prayer, begging God to send a rain as well as a revival.

God’s Holy Spirit took hold of the people; and they began to have broken hearts, to seek God and to want souls saved. I took courage and called a meeting for prayer, telling the people I felt definitely led to pray for a rain. I felt that the Holy Spirit had put the matter in my heart. Many agreed to pray with me. We publicly asked God to send a great rain and to send it within 24 hours. I announced to the public that we would expect a rain in 24 hours and that if it came after that time it would not be the one we were asking for and that we would not count our prayers answered. There was no evidence of any kind in the heavens that we should expect a rain.

The next day the sun beat down pitilessly on the barren land. At the morning service that weekday, we again prayed for rain, begging God to send it by the night service so that all could know he answered definite prayers. I announced that if the rain did not come within 24 hours, it would not be an answer to our prayers. God put it in my heart to pray that definite prayer, and I felt that He would hear it.

After noon my wife set about to wash some clothes. She sent our little girl, Grace, then 5 years old, to borrow a tub of a neighbor woman who had offered it. It was about 2:00. Suddenly black clouds began to roll up swiftly from the southeast. In a few minutes there came a mighty wind. Mrs. Rice had to rescue the little girl and catch the wash tub rolling across the prairie! The tabernacle where we had been meeting was blown off the blocks that supported it. Down town in the stores the scoffers and the wicked had been saying, “Praying for rain may be all right in East Texas, but it won’t work in West Texas. That fool young preacher will see; there will not be a rain by tonight.” Suddenly the plate glass windows of a store were blown in, and then there came a flood of rain. The scoffers were scattered. Then there was a great downpour over the town and for about 5 miles in each direction. What a rain it was!

We had services that night in the Methodist church. People filled the seats, then sat in the windows. All the building was crowded. But they did not come in their cars — the roads were deep in mud — but in farm wagons and buggies and on horseback and wading with rubber boots.

God sent the rain. And we had a right to be definite and bold about it because the Holy Spirit had put it in our hearts. Wait on God. Submit to the Holy Spirit. He knows how to pray according to the will of God, so let Him lead your praying.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Devil’s Greatest Tool is to Keep the Believer from Praying (The Prayer Motivator Minute #170)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 27:7 which says: “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Greg Laurie. He said, “God’s delays are not necessarily His denials. Just because an answer to your prayer hasn’t come as quickly as you would like does not mean that it never will come at all. So keep praying.”

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer is Everything You Will Ever Need to Accomplish the Great Things in Life (The Prayer Motivator Minute #167)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 86:7 which says: “In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John Calvin. He said, “Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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How to Be Definite in Prayer, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #226)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 22:45-46 which reads: “And when he [Jesus] rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Every description which the evangelists give of the state of mind in which our Lord entered upon this conflict, proves the tremendous nature of the assault, and the perfect foreknowledge of its terrors possessed by the meek and lowly Jesus. Here are three things not in the other evangelists. 1. When Christ was in his agony, there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. It was a part of his humiliation that he was thus strengthened by a ministering spirit. 2. Being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Prayer, though never out of season, is in a special manner seasonable when we are in an agony. 3. In this agony his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down. This showed the travail of his soul. We should pray also to be enabled to resist unto the shedding of our blood, striving against sin, if ever called to it. When next you dwell in imagination upon the delights of some favourite sin, think of its effects as you behold them here! See its fearful effects in the garden of Gethsemane, and desire, by the help of God, deeply to hate and to forsake that enemy, to ransom sinners from whom the Redeemer prayed, agonized, and bled.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said: “The power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.”

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

If you want to become definite, businesslike, efficient in prayer, God will help you. I will discuss four ways to do that over the next several broadcasts.

The first way to be more definite in prayer is to set out to weed out any objects of prayer about which you are not definite. If you have a long list of things for which you pray in a half-hearted way, without any real conviction, and about which you cannot ask God for some definite answer with boldness, then confess to God that your praying is half-hearted, formal and, to some degree, insincere. Quit praying for things to be heard of men, or because you think it is your duty in a general sense, or because people expect you to pray for these things. Set out to pray for things about which you have a genuine desire, and about which you ought to expect some definite answer.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Anybody Wanna Pray”

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Prayer is Everything You Will Ever Need to Accomplish the Great Things in Life (The Prayer Motivator Minute #166)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 86:7 which says: “In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John Calvin. He said, “Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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