The Definition of Faith, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #244)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 1:35 which reads: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

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

Christ departed into a solitary place. Though he was in no danger of distraction, or of temptation to vain-glory, yet he retired. Those who have the most business in public, and of the best kind, must yet sometimes be alone with God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John MacArthur. He said: “Prayers are the nerves that move the muscles of omnipotence. Prayer is not an exercise in futility because God’s will, will be done in any case; prayer is the means by which God’s will is carried out.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 6 of our series titled “THE DEFINITION OF FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Not long ago I received a letter saying, “Brother Rice, will you please pray the prayer of faith with me about this?” and the writer mentioned an object of prayer which I had no evidence was God’s will to give. It may have been, it may not have been, God’s will. I did not know how it would particularly honor the Lord. There was no Scripture that applied in the case, as far as I knew in my ignorance of the details, and I did not know how truly the person who made the request would honor God if He granted it. And the Holy Spirit did not reveal to me that it was clearly the will of God. Therefore, of course, I could not “pray the prayer of faith” in the matter, as the writer so naively requested.

Any time you can find a clear promise in God’s Word that He will do such and such a thing, and believe it and risk it and depend upon it, then you have trusted God, and your faith will be rewarded with the thing desired.

Or any time you have a clear revelation by the Holy Spirit that your prayer request is in the will of God, will honor Him, and that He will do it, then that is faith in God and will be rewarded. But such leadings must be in accord with the Word of God. According to 1 John 4:1, we must “try the spirits whether they are of God.”

If you ever hear people say that they have trusted God or that they had faith about a matter and still did not get it, you may assure them that they did not really have faith in God. Faith is always rewarded, without any exception in the world, God is trustworthy. He keeps His promises. He does what He says He will do. He always does what He has given anyone assurance He will do. Faith is the assurance that God will do a thing because He has promised to do it.

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

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