The Definition of Faith, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #245)


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Our prayer motivator verse for today is Romans 8:26, which reads: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

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

Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over all discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of the spirit, the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Bunyan. He said: “Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the Word of God, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled “THE DEFINITION OF FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Some ultra-dispensationalists say that the great promises of answers to the prayer of faith promises to remove mountains, to work miracles, promises such as Mark 11:24, Matthew 17:20, and Mark 9:23, are not for this age. They say that no matter what faith people have, still God will not do such things now.

But they are utterly mistaken. Real faith is from God. Whatever God says, He will do. God never gives faith unless He will answer it. And faith, true faith in God, is always based on what God has agreed to do and what He says He will do. It is either an assurance based on the Word of God, or what we know to be the character and nature of God, as revealed by His Holy Spirit. Faith always presupposes a promise and that God will keep His Word.

God is under obligation always to answer the prayer of faith because such real faith in God is always based on an obligation that God has assumed, a promise which He has given. In any dispensation, anywhere, if God gives a definite assurance that He will do a thing, He will do it, to any limit, and absolutely nothing is impossible to the one who is given definite faith about a particular matter. Faith is really depending on God’s faithfulness to do what He agrees to do.

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