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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #332)

21 Jun

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is II Kings 20:1-5 which reads: “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.”

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

From this passage, we observe the prayer itself: “Remember now, O Lord! how I have walked before thee in truth; and either spare me to live, that I may continue thus to walk, if, if my work be done, receive me to that glory which thou hast prepared for those that have thus walked.” Observe here, (1.) The description of Hezekiah’s piety. He had had his conversation in the world with right intentions (“I have walked before thee, as under thy eye and with an eye ever towards thee”), from a right principle (“in truth, and with an upright heart”), and by a right rule—“I have done that which is good in thy sight.” (2.) The comfort he now had in reflecting upon it; it made his sick-bed easy. Note, The testimony of conscience for us that we have walked with God in our integrity will be much our support and rejoicing when we come to look death in the face. (3.) The humble mention he makes of it to God. Lord, remember it now; not as if God needed to be put in mind of any thing by us (he is greater than our hearts, and knows all things), or as if the reward were of debt, and might be demanded as due (it is Christ’s righteousness only that is the purchase of mercy and grace); but our own sincerity may be pleaded as the condition of the covenant which God has wrought in us: “It is the work of thy own hands. Lord, own it.” Hezekiah does not pray, “Lord, spare me,” or, “Lord, take me; God’s will be done;” but, Lord, remember me; whether I live or die, let me be thine.

We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: One reason people do not pray is because of unbelief. People do not pray because they do not believe God, they do not believe in God, and they do not believe God’s Word. If a person really believed that God is and that “he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”, and if they really believed the Word of God which says that God hears and answers prayer, then they would pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dale Ralph Davis. He said: “Sometimes the Father may box us in, place us in a situation in which, one by one, all our secondary helps and supports are taken from us, in order that, defenseless, we may lean on His mercy alone – prayer. Once we see this, we will no longer regard prayer as a pious cop-out but as our only rational activity.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled “WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT” from Dr. John R. Rice.

When in the days of the Judges, the eleven tribes of Israel came up against Benjamin by God’s command, and when 40,000 were slain in two days, according to Judges 20:26, “then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until the even.” In their defeat and sorrow they wept and called on God and fasted. God heard and delivered them, and the next day gave them victory. The time of defeat is a fine time to pray with fasting!

When Queen Esther and Mordecai and the Jews in captivity were in danger of being blotted out of the race, they fasted and prayed. Their trouble led to the sincerity and fervor of their praying, such praying that they did not eat nor drink. When Ezra feared the brigands of the wilderness, he called a fast at the river Ahava. The time of trouble is a proper time for fasting and prayer.

Let all who are in trouble call upon God. If you find difficulty in getting an answer from Heaven, then fast and pray, sincerely laying everything else aside, as far as necessary, to seek God’s face and find His will and blessing.

+ Plus, listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman singing “Let Us Pray”

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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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