The Definition of Faith, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #243)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 18:19 which reads: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

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

In all our proceedings we should seek direction in prayer; we cannot too highly prize the promises of God. Wherever and whenever we meet in the name of Christ, we should consider him as present in the midst of us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Calvin. He said: “Believers do not pray with the view of informing God about things unknown to Him, or of exciting Him to do His duty, or of urging Him as though He were reluctant. On the contrary, they pray in order that they may arouse to seek Him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on His promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into His bosom; in a word, that they may declare that from Him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled “DEFINING FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

After one has trusted Christ for salvation, believing God’s Word, he receives an added assurance of salvation as he comes out to confess Christ openly and sets out to live the Christian life. Then he has the sweet witness of the Spirit that He has been born again. The Holy Spirit puts in his heart the cry of a child for his father, “Abba, Father,” and he does not have the spirit of bondage to fear. Now this added assurance that He is God’s child is based on the testimony of the Holy Spirit in his heart that he has been received of God. So in some sense, then, faith is the assurance that what the Holy Spirit says in the heart is true.

Faith is based on the Word of God. It may also be based upon any direct revelation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible. The Holy Spirit may also give particular and definite promises in the heart of a Spirit-led person. But still, the faith in each such case is based upon what God has promised. God will do what He says He will. When I believe that, risk that, that is faith in God.

Some people have an idea that faith in God is simply an independent method by which one can get whatever he wants, irrespective of the will of God in the case. But faith is not a way of getting things God does not want us to have. Rather, faith is a way of getting things God does want us to have and has planned for us. We never get most of the great things God has for us and would delight to give us. But faith will open the doors to the bounties and riches of Heaven and give joys, blessings, powers, victories and abundance which are in the will of God for us. There is no such thing as having faith in God outside the known will of God.

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