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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Prayer is an Instinct of the Soul but How to Pray Can Only be Learned from the Inspired Scriptures (The Prayer Motivator Minute #185)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 4:2 which reads: “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Austin Phelps. He said, “It has been said that no great work in literature or in science was ever wrought by a man who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often long alone with God.”

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.

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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.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “What if His People Prayed?”

The Faith Exercised in Prayer is Faith in the God Who Sovereignly Accomplishes His Will (The Prayer Motivator Minute #184)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 4:8 which reads: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Bill Thrasher. He said, “A great emphasis in prayer is what God desires to do in us. He desires to get us under His loving authority, dependent on His Spirit, walking in the Light, motivated by His love, and living for His glory. The collective essence of these five truths is an abandonment of one’s life to the Lord and a continual openness, dependence, and responsiveness to His loving control.”

Defining Faith, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #242)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 6:12 which reads: “And it came to pass in those days, that he, Jesus, went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

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

We often think one half hour a great deal to spend in meditation and secret prayer, but Christ was whole nights engaged in these duties. In serving God, our great care should be not to lose time, but to make the end of one good duty the beginning of another.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said: “It is only when whatsoever we do is done in His name that He will do whatsoever we ask in His name.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “DEFINING FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

It is only as we come to know the will of God, through the Bible and the Holy Spirit, that we can have faith in particular matters. As an example, in the matter of salvation we have the full assurance of repeated statements in the Bible that God is willing to save every sinner that comes to Him, depending on Christ. John 6:37 states, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” That is so clearly taught in the Bible that every time a lost sinner depends on Christ for salvation, he may know he is instantly saved, then and there.

I know that my sins are forgiven. I have full assurance that I am God’s child, that He will take me safe to Heaven, that I already have everlasting life. John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” That assurance is so strong it has become practically a certainty. That assurance is based on the infallible Word of God which I have proven true over and over again. God never turns down nor dishonors such faith. Since God says He loves sinners, since Jesus says He died for sins, since God says He is willing to accept the price Jesus has paid for our sins and that all who will come to Him through Christ will be received and not one cast out, it is easy to have faith in God for salvation.

No sinner ever really wanted to come but could come. The only way anybody can have difficulty getting saved is when they want to be saved some other way, or when they do not know what God has so plainly promised. Saving faith, then, is simply a confidence that God will do what He plainly said He would do. So faith in that case is based upon the Word of God.

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Answers to Prayer Do Not Depend Upon Our Feelings, but Upon the Trustworthiness of the Promiser (The Prayer Motivator Minute #183)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:15 which reads: “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Robert Murray McCheyne. He said, “Learn that urgency in prayer does not so much consist in vehement pleading, as in vehement believing. He that believes most the love and power of Jesus will obtain the most in prayer.”