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If You are a Stranger to Prayer You are a Stranger to Power (The Prayer Motivator Minute #189)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:17 which reads: “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from George Mueller. He said, “I have joyfully dedicated my whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.”

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Definition of Faith, Part 10 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #248)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

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

When the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that he is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye me in vain.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from A.B. Simpson. He said: “There is no wonder more supernatural and divine in the life of a believer than the mystery and ministry of prayer…the hand of the child touching the arm of the Father and moving the wheel of the universe.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is the 10th and final part of our series titled “THE DEFINITION OF FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Christ was obligated to be merciful [to the Samaritan woman]! Christ could not be indifferent, could not be a respector of person, could not hate Samaritans as other Jews did. Since Christ was God, the God of all flesh, the Saviour of the world, she knew He was as willing to hear her as to hear anybody else. Her confidence, her assurance, her faith were based in the Christ she knew. Whether she had seen Him work miracles before, or whether she had seen the compassion in His face as He healed others, or whether she was an utter stranger and the blessed Holy Spirit had simply and directly revealed it in her heart, we do not know. But she trusted Him to do what He, out of His loving mercy, was constrained to do. Her faith was based on an intimate understanding of the real will of Christ and the real character of Christ.

Oh, that we might know Him better so that we might always pray according to His will and believe how compassionate, how tender, how willing to bless us is He!

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing “Waiting for a Prayer”

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Nothing Lies Beyond the Reach of Prayer Except that Which Lies Outside the Will of God (The Prayer Motivator Minute #188)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:15 which reads: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Tom Wells. He said, “Jesus has told us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”. And if we have ever prayed that prayer and meant it – even once – we have ourselves shut the door on thousands of things for which we might foolishly ask.”

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Definition of Faith, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #247)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 14:13-14 reads, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

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

Whatever we ask in Christ’s name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To ask in Christ’s name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit of Christ’s mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the Divine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer for ever.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Thomas Brooks. He said: “The best and sweetest flowers of Paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven, a key to let us in to Paradise.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 9 of our series titled “THE DEFINITION OF FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

An example of strong faith is that of the Syrophenician woman who came to Jesus to beg for the healing of her daughter who was grievously vexed with a devil, as recorded in Matthew 15:22-28. When He said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” and again when He said, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs,” still she did not believe His pretended indifference. He pretended that He came only to heal and save Jews, and no one else. He meant, I think, to try her faith and teach His narrow minded disciples a needed lesson. He pretended that He, like other Jews, thought of Gentiles as only dogs, not fit to call on God.

But God’s Holy Spirit had already revealed to her that Christ was really merciful and loving, that He came to seek and to save all who were sinners. So she would not believe He was as indifferent as He appeared to be. And to Christ’s own delight she insisted that if she were a dog, she was His own dog and had a right to the crumbs from the table. He said to her with joy, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Her daughter was healed that very hour.

She had faith in what she knew Jesus was. She knew He was merciful, though He did not outwardly appear to be so. She knew He was sent to save Gentiles the same as Jews, though He did not immediately answer her prayer. That was genuine faith, faith in what she knew Christ to be, faith in Him as He was revealed in her heart by the Holy Spirit, instead of what He pretended to be to test her faith and evidently as a lesson to the disciples.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Say a Prayer”

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

We are Never so High as When We are On Our Knees (The Prayer Motivator Minute #187)


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Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: “So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said, “A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty.”

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Definition of Faith, Part 8 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #246)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 21:36 which reads: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

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

Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ’s word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from G. Campbell Morgan. He said: “Prayer is life passionately wanting, wishing, desiring God’s triumph. Prayer is life striving and toiling everywhere and always for that ultimate victory.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 8 of our series titled “THE DEFINITION OF FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Faith may be based on the known mercy of God without a definite promise. Faith may be based on a plain word of God in the Bible. Faith may be based upon a clear and tested impression given by the Holy Spirit that God wants us to do a certain thing and that He will lead us and bless us. And so faith may be based upon what we know of the nature of God. Knowing God’s holiness, we know He will not sin. We know how merciful He is, and, if there are no elements in a situation that demand judgment, the very nature of God may demand mercy.

In such a case, knowing what God is like, we may know what He wants to do and will do in certain circumstances. God will always do right, will always act in accordance with His own righteous and merciful nature. Of course we must learn what God is like and what He will do from a heart-knowledge of the Word of God and the blessed teaching of the Holy Spirit. Men do not by wisdom find God. So this faith, based on the general assurance that God’s nature obligates Him to act in a certain way, and to answer certain prayers, must still grow out of the Bible and be wrought in us by the Holy Spirit.

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free and Assurance singing “Praying Man”

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Prayer is Simply the Turning of the Soul to God (The Prayer Motivator Minute #186)


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Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7: 11, which says: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said, “Prayer is going into ‘the secret place of the Most High,’ and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Prayer is a making known to God our wants and desires, and holding out the hand of faith to take His gifts. Prayer is the result of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. It is communion with God.”

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 
 
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