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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #336)

29 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 prayed to God for the pardon of sin and the return of his favour. Prayer is the relief of penitents, the relief of the afflicted. That is a good prayer, and very pertinent in this case, which we find among the apocryphal books, entitled, The prayer of Manasses, king of Judah, when he was holden captive in Babylon. Whether it was his or no is uncertain; if it was, in it he gives glory to God as the God of their fathers and their righteous seed, as the Creator of the world, a God whose anger is insupportable, and yet his merciful promise unmeasurable. He pleads that God has promised repentance and forgiveness to those that have sinned, and has appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved, not unto the just, as to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but to me (says he) that am a sinner; for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea: so he confesses his sin largely, and aggravates it. He prays, Forgive me, O Lord! forgive me, and destroy me not; he pleads, Thou art the God of those that repent, and concludes, Therefore I will praise thee for ever, etc.

My personal encouragement today is 4 more ways to pray for other people:
1. Ask that the person have the mind of Christ. 2. Ask that the person grow daily in Christ-like maturity. 3. Ask that the person put on the full armor of God. 4. Ask that the person be alert to Satan’s strategy.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from George Mueller. He said: “For more than half a century, I have never known one day when I had not more business than I could get through. For 40 years, I have had annually about 30,000 letters, and most of these have passed through my own hands. I have nine assistants always at work corresponding in German, French, English, Danish, Italian, Russian, and other languages. Then, as pastor of a church with 1200 believers, great has been my care. I have had charge of five orphanages; also at my publishing depot, the printing and circulation of millions of tracts, books, and Bibles. But I have always made it a rule never to begin work till I have had a good season with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled “WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In an all-night prayer meeting a number of men, including a young preacher, gave up tobacco. One Christian confessed to his pastor his sin of enmity and gossip. A grown son, now on the foreign mission field, confessed to his violent temper and mistreatment of his mother and gained courage to right the wrong he had done. In days of fasting and prayer, when God is put first, when the heart has been searched, when sins have been confessed, when restitution has been made, when one’s will is surrendered to God, He has often done great things for the penitent beggar who waits before Him.

We need not think that our hunger gains any favor with God. No, God has abundant mercy for all our needs, and we cannot, need not, buy it. But on the other hand, God does want sincerity and fervor and single-heartedness in our praying.

Every Christian, I think, should occasionally fast and pray, waiting before God until he gets the victory that he needs.

I remember with great joy one night when I waited before God alone in my room until 1:30 begging Him for victory over some things in my own life, begging also for the power of the Spirit on the revival in which I was engaged. God heard and answered in both matters gloriously.

If you do not have victory over sin, then wait before God; pay whatever price is necessary to secure His favor and the assurance of His help.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Anybody Wanna Pray?”

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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