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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #337)

29 Jun

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 5:2-3 which reads: “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

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

God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David’s enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

My personal encouragement today is 4 more ways in which you can pray for other people: 1. Ask that God will cause the believer to not love the world system. 2. Ask that the person have a spirit of brokenness and humility. 3. Ask that the person have a servant’s heart. 4. Ask that the person be able to build a Scriptural family.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She said: “For Jesus, time alone with God was not an option…The gospel of Luke tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”… This is precisely where you and I so often miss out on all that God has for us. Unlike Jesus, we attempt to live life in our own energy. We think we can keep giving out without getting replenished. Then, wearied and weakened by the demands of life and ministry, we become impatient and annoyed with the very ones God has sent us to serve. Rather than exhibiting a gracious, calm, joyous spirit, we become uptight, frazzled, and frenzied (people), resenting, rather than welcoming, the people and opportunities God brings into our lives.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled “WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Heavenly wisdom can be received in prayer and fasting. In Acts 13:1-3 we have a remarkable incident of how men who fasted and prayed got direct leadership of the Holy Spirit. “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”

Notice that “as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted” the Holy Ghost told them whom to send, that is, Barnabas and Saul. Notice again, “When they fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” Twice in that short passage we are told that these prophets and teachers fasted. They first fasted as they prayed for wisdom. Then they fasted as they prayed for power upon these men they were sending forth as the first foreign missionaries in New Testament times. And when these men laid their hands upon the heads of Paul and Barnabas and sent them away, they were “sent forth by the Holy Ghost.” And marvelous wonders attended their ministry!

We, too, can have plain leading, we can know the will of God, we can have a plain path for our feet, if we are willing to wait before the Lord, ministering unto Him, fasting and praying! You have a problem about raising your family, about making a living, about where you should serve Christ, about what course you should take in some particular matter. Does God not hear your prayer for wisdom? Do you have doubts and troubles and no assurance of mind? Then why not set a time when you wait before God until you get the answer? If it takes fasting as well as praying, if it takes giving up other matters, then do it and get the blessing that God has for you. You can find the will of God if you seek it sincerely, unstintedly and without limit in fasting and prayer.

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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