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Someone said, “Men of power are without exception men of prayer. God bestows His Holy Spirit in His fullness only on men of prayer. And it is through the operation of the Spirit that answers to prayer come.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #234)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 15:7 which reads: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martin Lloyd-Jones. He said, “The ultimate test of my understanding of the scriptural teaching is the amount of time I spend in prayer. As theology is ultimately the knowledge of God, the more theology I know, the more it should drive me to seek to know God. Not to know “about” Him but to know Him! The whole object of salvation is to bring me to knowledge of God… If all my knowledge does not lead me to prayer there is something wrong somewhere.”

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Asking Really Fulfills All Other Specific Conditions of Prayer, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #292)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 86:7 which reads: “In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”

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

David was in a special manner earnest with God in prayer when he was in affliction: “In the day of my trouble, whatever others do, I will call upon thee, and commit my case to thee, for thou wilt hear and answer me, and I shall not seek in vain, as those did who cried, O Baal! hear us; but there was no voice, nor any that regarded.” It is thus our duty to pray always, without ceasing, and to continue instant in prayer; and then we may hope to have our prayers heard which we make in the time of trouble, if we have made conscience of the duty at other times, at all times. It is comfortable if an affliction finds the wheels of prayer a-going, and that they are not then to be set a-going.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Bill Thrasher. He said: “As we seek to obey the Spirit’s guidance in prayer, let me tell you what will often happen – nothing! But sometimes “nothing” means that the Spirit desires to slow us down and lead us into silence. Our society is addicted to noise, and for that reason we are often insensitive to the Spirit of God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 19 of our series titled “ASKING REALLY FULFILLS ALL OTHER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

So I say that asking covers all the conditions, all the requirements to get things from God.

Yes, to teach that we ought to be persistent in prayer is to teach the truth; but that is not all the truth. The full truth includes the fact that many, many times God hears those who pray about a matter only once, then drop it. The truth includes the fact that people oftentimes ask of God and in despair they give up and faint, but a merciful and kind God who loves His own frail and weak children does not forget as easily as we do; and He often gives the answer that was desired and longed for even when the one who prayed had ceased to expect it!

How often I have prayed for something, then because of lack of faith, or because I had been overwhelmed, it seemed, with other duties or interests, I have dropped the prayer; then later the answer came and I hardly remembered at first that I had asked for the thing I was so glad to get! Oh, God does not answer us according to our merits but according to His grace! God is more faithful to answer than we are to ask. “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” He knows the desire of our heart, the earnest need, even though we do not have faith to expect it, or strength to continue praying. Persistence in prayer is fine. Oh, that we were more steadfast in daily taking to God all of our needs and claiming all of His bounties! Persistence is a part and parcel of asking.

But even weak asking often gets great blessings from God. And when the Saviour gave us a wonderful promise about the answer that comes to persistent praying, He was not putting that as a limitation on prayer nor as the absolute minimum requirement. In that the Saviour was only making a broader promise for those who seemed not to have much faith, or for those who could not, they felt, ask wholly in Jesus’ name, or who could not meet some other precious promise. This is simply another open door to God for those who feel they cannot enter in as well by some other promise.

So if you want things from God, just pray; simply ask God! Earnest asking meets all God’s requirements.

+ Plus, listen to the City Harmonic singing “Manifesto”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Bill Thrasher said, “To pray in the Holy Spirit simply means to lean upon His divine help as we pray.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #233)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 15:7 which reads: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martin Lloyd-Jones. He said, “The ultimate test of my understanding of the scriptural teaching is the amount of time I spend in prayer. As theology is ultimately the knowledge of God, the more theology I know, the more it should drive me to seek to know God. Not to know “about” Him but to know Him! The whole object of salvation is to bring me to knowledge of God… If all my knowledge does not lead me to prayer there is something wrong somewhere.”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Asking Really Fulfills All Other Specific Conditions of Prayer, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #291)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 119:145-146 which reads: “I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.”

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

Here we notice that David directed his prayer to God: “I cried unto thee.” Whither should the child go but to his father when any thing ails him? The great thing he prayed for was salvation: “Save me.” A short prayer (for we mistake if we think we shall be heard for our much speaking), but a comprehensive prayer: “Not only rescue me from ruin, but make me happy.’’ We need desire no more than God’s salvation and the things that accompany it. He was earnest for an answer; and not only looked up in his prayers, but looked up after them, to see what became of them: “Lord, hear me, and let me know that thou hearest me.’’ We also notice David’s good purposes, by which he bound himself to duty when he was in the pursuit of mercy. “I will keep thy statutes; I am resolved that by thy grace I will;’’ for, if we turn away our ear from hearing the law, we cannot expect an answer of peace to our prayers. This purpose is used as a humble plea: “Save me from my sins, my corruptions, my temptations, all the hindrances that lie in my way, that I may keep thy testimonies.’’ We must cry for salvation, not that we may have the ease and comfort of it, but that we may have an opportunity of serving God the more cheerfully.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said: “The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Power helpeth our infirmity in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Life ends our deadness in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom delivers us from ignorance in this holy art of prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Fire delivers us from coldness in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Might comes to our aid in our weakness as we pray.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 18 of our series titled “ASKING REALLY FULFILLS ALL OTHER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Persistence in prayer has the promise of an answer. Now in the parable of the unjust judge the widow troubled the ungodly judge so that finally he gave her her petition, as he said, “lest by her continual coming she weary me”; then promised, “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”

Persistence in prayer has the promise of an answer. How many precious promises are given to those who wait upon the Lord. They shall not be ashamed, they shall inherit the earth, they shall renew their strength, and the Lord is good to them. And waiting certainly means persistence in prayer. All the instances in the Bible where people fasted and prayed are implied promises that if we continue stedfastly in prayer we, too, shall see the blessing.

But is not persistence simply asking? Is it not simply praying and keeping on praying? There is no time limit on prayer. Sometimes the heart-cry in the fraction of a second is heard and answered. Sometimes people have waited on God for years before they got the desire of their hearts. But these cases all alike are covered by the blessed promise in Matthew 7:7-8 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.” In fact, the very tense used here implies that one who persistently asks, and persistently seeks, and persistenly knocks, receives and finds and has God’s door opened to him.

So I say that asking covers all the conditions, all the requirements to get things from God.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer Changes Things”

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

John Owen said, “He who prays as he ought will endeavor to live as he prays.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #232)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 118:5 which reads: “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, “What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits about private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy pray little, and those who are eminently holy pray much.”

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Asking Really Fulfills All Other Specific Conditions of Prayer, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #290)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 119:145-146 which reads: “I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.”

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

Here we have, David’s good prayers, by which he sought to God for mercy; these he mentions here, not as boasting of them, or trusting to any merit in them, but reflecting upon them with comfort, that he had taken the appointed way to comfort. We observe here that he was inward with God in prayer; he prayed with his heart, and prayer is acceptable no further than the heart goes along with it. Lip-labour, if that be all, is lost labour. He was importunate with God in prayer; he cried, as one in earnest, with fervour of affection and a holy vehemence and vigour of desire. He cried with his whole heart; all the powers of his soul were not only engaged and employed, but exerted to the utmost, in his prayers. Then we are likely to speed when we thus strive and wrestle in prayer.

We will discuss this verse further in our next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Barclay. He said: “We are trying not so much to make God listen to us as to make ourselves listen to him; we are trying not to persuade God to do what we want, but to find out what he wants us to do. It so often happens that in prayer we are really saying, “Thy will be changed,” when we ought to be saying, ‘Thy will be done.’ The first object of prayer is not so much to speak to God as to listen to him.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled “ASKING REALLY FULFILLS ALL OTHER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The greatest answers to prayer in the Bible followed the petition of only one person. For example, at the faith and command of Joshua alone, the sun stood still in the heavens for about the space of a full day. Joshua 10:13 says, “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”

King Hezekiah alone prayed, even against the discouragement of the Prophet Isaiah and the revelation from God that he was to die. God heard him and added fifteen years to his life. Isaiah 38:5 reads, “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”

Elijah alone in Israel prayed and it rained not for three years and six months. Again he prayed and it rained. Again he alone prayed and the fire came down from Heaven to burn up the sacrifice and turn the hearts of all Israel back to God.

Peter put everybody out of the room and kneeled down by the body of Dorcas and prayed, and she was raised from the dead. Acts 9:40 says, “But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.”

Again and again in history, one person has prayed and God has done marvels. If others agree with you in prayer, that is blessed. If they do not, still all the resources of Heaven are at your command if you simply pray. Just ask God, and in this sincere, earnest asking, all God’s conditions are met.

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

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Someone once said, “No man can expect to make progress in holiness who is not often and long alone with God.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #231)


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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is I Timothy 2:8 which reads: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Philip Graham Ryken. He said, “We need to learn how wrong it is to think of prayer as a way of getting something from God. People often think of prayer as a way of talking God into doing what they want Him to do. This is what lies behind “name it and claim it” Christianity, the idea that I can influence God by offering the right kind of prayer. But that attitude ultimately leads to hell. As C. S. Lewis once observed, ‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it.” Besides, why would anyone want to change God’s mind? The Bible says that His will is “good, pleasing and perfect”. Imagine what a mess our lives would be in if God always did what we wanted Him to do! For unlike God’s will, our own wills are evil, displeasing, and imperfect.”

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 
 
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