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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #335)

26 Jun

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is II Chronicles 33:10-13 which reads: “And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.”

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

We notice from this passage that Manasseh humbled himself greatly before him, was truly sorry for his sins, ashamed of them, and afraid of the wrath of God. It becomes sinners to humble themselves before the face of that God whom they have offended. It becomes sufferers to humble themselves under the hand of that God who corrects them, and to accept the punishment of their iniquity. Our hearts should be humbled under humbling providences; then we accommodate ourselves to them, and answer God’s end in them.

We will discuss this verse further in our next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is 16 ways to pray for other people: 1. Realize the person’s present exalted position in Christ. 2. Present the person as a living sacrifice. 3. Ask that the person be filled with the Holy Spirit. 4. Ask that God will guide the person to become regular and systematic in the study of God’s Word.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Alexander Strauch. He said: “Do not tell people you will pray for them and then fail to do it. That is hypocritical love. Genuine love takes the promises of prayer to heart and follows through in keeping those promises.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 15 of our series titled “WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Fasting and prayer often leads to victory over sin. The world has many Christians who have trusted Christ, who sincerely love Him, who are going to Heaven—yet Christians who have no daily victory over sin. Everywhere I go I find Christians who say they cannot quit cigarettes, they cannot control their tempers, they have trouble in surrendering even enough to give God regularly the tithe. Christians find it hard to forgive one another and are constantly falling under the temptation of Satan.

Is there victory for such Christians? Yes, there is. But sometimes it is found only in the time of fasting and prayer, waiting on God and laying aside every weight, every duty, every pleasure that might interfere with our wholehearted prayers. Many times I have seen things happen in protracted seasons of prayer that would not happen in the ordinary course of events.

+ Plus, listen to the Katinas singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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