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Just Pray, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #273)


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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”

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

John Wesley said, “In souls filled with love, the desire to please God is continual prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #215)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which reads: “Pray without ceasing.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “If we think of prayer as the breath of our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows and the breathing continues – we are not conscious of it but it is always going on.”

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Just Pray, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #272)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

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

Conditional grants become absolute upon the performance of the condition; so here, he that asketh, receiveth. Christ hereby puts his fiat to the petition; and he having all power, that is enough. It is illustrated, by a similitude taken from earthly parents, and their innate readiness to give their children what they ask. Christ appeals to his hearers, “What man is there of you, though never so morose and ill-humoured, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?”. Whence he infers, “If ye then, being evil, yet grant your children’s requests, much more will your heavenly Father give you the good things you ask.” Now this is of use, To direct our prayers and expectations, We must come to God, as children to a Father in heaven, with reverence and confidence. How naturally does a child in want or distress run to the father with its complaints; thus should the new nature send us to God for supports and supplies.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John MacArthur. He said: “To pray at all times is to live in continual God consciousness, where everything we see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to our heavenly Father. To obey this exhortation means that, when we are tempted, we hold the temptation before God and ask for His help. When we experience something good and beautiful, we immediately thank the Lord for it. When we see evil around us, we pray that God will make it right and be willing to be used of Him to that end. When we meet someone who does not know Christ, we pray for God to draw that person to Himself and to use us to be a faithful witness. When we encounter trouble, we turn to God as our Deliverer. In other words, our life becomes a continually ascending prayer, a perpetual communing with our heavenly Father. To pray at all times is to constantly set our minds “on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 6 of our series titled “JUST PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.

I think this illustration will help you understand how eager God is to hear our prayers and how He has provided many, many various promises, trying to encourage us to pray.

A visitor at a farmhouse, it is said, saw one large hole and three smaller holes at the bottom of an outside door. So he curiously asked the farmer what the holes were for.

“They are for the cat and the kittens,” replied the farmer.

“But,” said the visitor, “why wouldn’t one large hole do? Why can’t the kitten go through the same hole as the mother cat?”

“No, that wouldn’t do,” said the farmer. “When I say, ‘Scat,’ I mean scat, and every kitten needs his own hole!”

So every Christian needs his own promise. The blessed promise of God in one verse is just what one Christian needs to stir his faith. But the same promise arouses no spark of hope and faith in the breast of another, so God gives him another promise.

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free singing “A Praying Man”

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

John Bunyan said, “Prayer opens the heart to God, and it is the means by which the soul, though empty, is filled with God.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #214)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:39 which says: “And he [Jesus] went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from the John Wesley. He said, “God’s command to “pray without ceasing” is founded on the necessity we have of His grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air.”

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Just Pray, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #271)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

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

It is to the same purport, yet with some addition that this verse is made to extend to all that pray aright; “Not only you my disciples shall receive what you pray for, but every one that asketh, receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, they are all alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith: for God is no respecter of persons.’’ It is made so as to amount to a grant, in words of the present tense, which is more than a promise for the future. Every one that asketh, not only shall receive, but receiveth; by faith, applying and appropriating the promise, we are actually interested and invested in the good promised: so sure and inviolable are the promises of God, that they do, in effect, give present possession: an active believer enters immediately, and makes the blessings promised his own. What have we in hope, according to the promise, is as sure, and should be as sweet, as what we have in hand.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Brother Lawrence. He said: “The time of business does not differ with me from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were on my knees.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled “JUST PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.

On the matter of prayer, God has given many, many promises so that by many terms He may make it clear how eager and willing He is to answer our prayers. Some preachers in teaching about prayer search through the Bible for every “condition” they can find. Then they proceed with something like this: “Now, God is a hardhearted God. He really does not want to answer your prayers, and He will not answer them unless you meet every single requirement. Now here I have found barriers on the road to God. If you get your prayers answered, you must climb over every single barrier mentioned in these conditions.”

Bible teachers sometimes leave the impression that one must unlock a half dozen or more gates before he can get a single prayer answered; and if one has every key but one, he cannot get anything from God. This is shameful and wicked. The so-called “conditions” are really promises, and any Christian who meets a single one of God’s promises can get everything that promise of God has offered.

+ Plus, listen to the Tobymac singing “City On Our Knees”

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Augustine said, “Longing desire prayeth always, though the tongue be silent. If thou art ever longing, thou art ever praying.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #213)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:17 which reads: “And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from the Jonathan Edwards. He said, “I was almost constantly in ejaculatory prayer, wherever I was. Prayer seemed to be natural to me, as the breath by which the inward burnings of my heart had vent.”

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Just Pray, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #270)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

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

Now here, the promise is made, and made so as exactly to answer the precept. “Ask, and it shall be given you;” not lent you, not sold you, but given you; and what is more free than a gift? Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? It is but ask and have; ye have not, because ye ask not, or ask not aright: what is not worth asking, is not worth having, and then it is worth nothing. “Seek, and ye shall find,” and then you do not lose your labour; God is himself found of those that seek him, and if we find him we have enough. “Knock, and it shall be opened;” the door of mercy and grace shall no longer be shut against you as enemies and intruders, but opened to you as friends and children. It will be asked, who is at the door? If you be able to say, a friend, and have the ticket of promise ready to produce in the hand of faith, doubt not of admission. If the door be not opened at the first knock, continue instant in prayer; it is an affront to a friend to knock at his door, and then go away; though he tarry, yet wait.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Donald Whitney. He said: “Praying without ceasing means you never really stop conversing with God; you simply have frequent interruptions.”

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

How well the Scripture says that unbelief is our besetting sin. We preachers and Bible teachers have grown into the habit of searching through the Bible trying to find other Scriptures to modify the great promises.

Some do that way about salvation. They say glibly that they believe in salvation by faith in Christ. But they add that you also have to be baptized, have to keep all the commandments, have to be faithful till death, even though you are saved by faith in the blood. But if it is of works, it is not of grace. If baptism is essential to salvation, then salvation is not wholly by the blood and is not received simply by faith. Thus do men wickedly search through the Bible to make it contradict itself and use one verse of Scripture to tear down another.

It is true that the Bible has many simple and varying statements about the plan of salvation. In John 1:12 it is receiving Christ. In John 6:37 it is coming to Christ. In Matthew 10:32 and in Romans 10:9-10 it is confessing Christ. In John 3:16 and many other passages the plan of salvation is stated as believing in Christ. But the context in every case shows that all these are simply different ways of saying that anybody in the world who comes trustingly to Christ will immediately be received, forgiven and saved.

These different promises do not give different ways of salvation. They do not even give different steps in the same way to salvation. Salvation is not obtained by long, detailed processes and meeting difficult requirements. Salvation is one simple step to Christ. And if some poor sinner does not understand one way of explaining it, then God gives another explanation to enlighten his poor, darkened mind. But any sinner can safely depend upon any single promise in the Word that offers salvation. When he honestly receives Christ, or honestly comes to Christ, or sincerely confesses Christ, or when he repents, or when he trusts — all the same thing — God receives him with open arms and for Christ’s sake forgives his sins. The extra promises are to make it easier to be saved, not to make it harder.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 
 
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