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.

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