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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7-11 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
We must come to him for good things, for those he gives to them that ask him; which teaches us to refer ourselves to him; we know not what is good for ourselves, but he knows what is good for us, we must therefore leave it with him; Father, thy will be done. The child is here supposed to ask bread, that is necessary, and a fish, that is wholesome; but if the child should foolishly ask for a stone, or a serpent, for unripe fruit to eat, or a sharp knife to play with, the father, though kind, is so wise as to deny him. We often ask that of God which would do us harm if we had it; he knows this, and therefore does not give it to us. Denials in love are better than grants in anger; we should have been undone ere this if we had had all we desired.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles H. Spurgeon. He said: “Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to the mountain and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessings, and earth with floods of mercy. Prevailing prayer lifts the Christian and shows him his inheritance and transfigures him into the likeness of his Lord. If you would like to reach to something higher than ordinary groveling experience, look to the Rock that is higher than you, and gaze with the eye of faith through the window of consistent prayer. When you open the window on your side it will not be bolted on the other.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled “JUST PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.
During one season of prolonged prayer for a definite object, I memorized and delighted in and said over and over in the night John 14:13-14 and was assured that since I was asking it in Jesus’ name, my prayer would be granted.
At another time I could not seem to get victory alone, so I found the full assurance I needed when I got a friend to claim with me the promise in Matthew 18:19, “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.”
And then there was a long period when I delighted daily in the wonderful passage in Mark 11:22-14, that if one would believe, he could have whatsoever he said.
No one promise can properly reveal the infinite, loving care of our Heavenly Father and His willingness to hear His children! It takes all the promises in the Bible, taken at face value, to make us realize how eager God is to hear us pray, how willingly He will give us what we desire! The truth is that asking, just praying, is the way to get things from God. All these extra promises are intended to encourage us to ask.
+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing “Let Us Pray”