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How to Experience and Maintain Personal Revival After Fasting, Part 3 (Fasting Edition #74)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Thomas Aquinas. He said: “An action is virtuous due to its being directed by reason to a noble good. And this is true of fasting. For we fast for three purposes: (1) to restrain the desires of the flesh; (2) to raise the mind to contemplate sublime things; (3) to make satisfaction for our sins. These are good and noble things, and so fasting is virtuous.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO EXPERIENCE AND MAINTAIN PERSONAL REVIVAL AFTER FASTING” (part 3) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Here are four more ways that you experience and maintain personal revival in your life as a Christian after you have fasted.

9. Hunger and thirst after righteousness. Matthew 5:6 reads, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

10. Love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. Matthew 22:37 reads, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

11.Appropriate the continual fullness and control of the Holy Spirit by faith on the basis of God’s command and promise. Ephesians 5:18 reads, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” 1 John 5:14,15 reads, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

12. Read, study, meditate on, and memorize God’s holy, inspired, inerrant Word daily. Colossians 3:16 reads, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #359)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:6 which reads: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

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

Here we observe what the posture they used in prayer; they prayed standing; this is a lawful and proper posture for prayer, but kneeling being the more humble and reverent gesture; their standing seemed to savour of pride and confidence in themselves, “The Pharisee stood and prayed.”

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: Many people do not like to pray because prayer to God will convict you to get sin out of your life. In order to effectively get through to God in prayer, we must be willing to confess and repent of our sins and allow God to create within us a clean heart so that He will not only hear us but answer us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Lyndon B. Johnson. He said: “The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

BIBLE EXAMPLES OF PRAYERS DEMANDING GREAT THINGS FROM GOD (PART 4)

The story in II Kings 2:1-14 tells itself, but two more comments may be helpful about this passage.

(c) Note the astounding request: “And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” Really, what he asked for was this: “Let me have twice as much of the power of the Holy Spirit as Elijah had!” Elijah had raised the dead, had prayed and God had given a drought for three and a half years, had prayed again and God had given rain. Elijah had had the most marvelous miracles since the time of Moses. yet this bold young prophet demands that he shall have twice the measure of the Holy Spirit and his power which Elijah had! What a prayer!

(d) And even more astounding than the prayer is the fact that God answered it! The mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha! And while by careful comparison we find eight great miracles done by Elijah, we find sixteen great miracles done by Elisha after a double portion of the Spirit of God was on him in answer to this prayer! We will not count Elijah’s answered prayers for drought and then for rain because they might be said to have happened through natural causes, not by a miracle, though in answer to prayer. Likewise we will not count the miraculous revelation to Elisha of the plans of Benhadad, king of Syria, recorded in II Kings 6:8-12, since that, though a miracle and repeated several times, was not a physical miracle. Likewise prophecy of seven years of famine is not counted in II Kings 8:1. But compare these lists of miracles and see that Elisha really got what he prayed for — a double portion of the Holy Spirit that empowered Elijah!

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

John Wesley said, “God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #300)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 18:3 which reads: “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Richard Alleine. He said: “The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts.”

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

How to Experience and Maintain Personal Revival After Fasting, Part 2 (Fasting Edition #73)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Anis Shorrosh. He said: “Sadly, many American Christians are famous for feasting and pain, not fasting and prayer.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO EXPERIENCE AND MAINTAIN PERSONAL REVIVAL AFTER FASTING” (part 2) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Here are four more ways that you experience and maintain personal revival in your life as a Christian after you have fasted.

5 Praise and give thanks to God continually in all ways on all days, regardless of your circumstances.

6 Refuse to obey your carnal (worldy) nature. Galatians 5:16,17 reads, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

7 Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Develop utter dependence on Him with total submission and humility.

8 Study the attributes of God.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

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How to Experience and Maintain Personal Revival After Fasting, Part 1 (Fasting Edition #72)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said: “I wonder whether we have ever fasted? I wonder whether it has even occurred to us that we ought to be considering the question of fasting? The fact is, that this whole subject seems to have dropped right out of our lives and right out of our whole Christian thinking.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO EXPERIENCE AND MAINTAIN PERSONAL REVIVAL AFTER FASTING” (part 1) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Here are four ways that you experience and maintain personal revival in your life as a Christian after you have fasted.

1 Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life.

2 Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution where God leads.

3 Examine your motives in every word and deed. Ask the Lord to search and cleanse your heart daily.

4 Ask the Holy Spirit to guard your walk against complacency and mediocrity.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer, Part 7 (Fasting Edition #71)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from E.M.Bounds. He said: “A prepared heart is better than a prepared teaching, for a prepared heart will result in a prepared teaching. …we do not meditate on God and his Word and watch and fast and pray enough.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “7 BASIC STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL FASTING AND PRAYER” (part 7) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

STEP 7: Expect Results!

If you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray, and seek God’s face; if you consistently meditate on His Word, you will experience a heightened awareness of His presence. John 14:21 states, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” The Lord will give you fresh, new spiritual insights. Your confidence and faith in God will be strengthened. You will feel mentally, spiritually, and physically refreshed. You will see answers to your prayers.

A single fast, however, is not a spiritual cure-all. Just as we need fresh infillings of the Holy Spirit daily, we also need new times of fasting before God. A 24-hour fast each week has been greatly rewarding to many Christians.

It takes time to build your spiritual fasting muscles. If you fail to make it through your first fast, do not be discouraged. You may have tried to fast too long the first time out, or you may need to strengthen your understanding and resolve. As soon as possible, undertake another fast until you do succeed. God will honor you for your faithfulness.

I encourage you to join me in fasting and prayer again and again until we truly experience revival in our homes, our churches, our beloved nation, and throughout the world.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #358)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:6 which reads: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

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

Here we observe what the places were which they chose for their devotions; they prayed in the synagogues, which were indeed proper places for public prayer, but not for personal. They pretended hereby to do honour to the place of their assemblies, but intended to do honour to themselves. They prayed in the corners of the streets, the broad streets (so the word signifies), which were most frequented. They withdrew thither, as if they were under a pious impulse which would not admit delay, but really it was to cause themselves to be taken notice of. There, where two streets met, they were not only within view of both, but every passenger turning close upon them would observe them, and hear what they said.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: In this life, you will need to learn to pray when you feel like praying and pray even when you don’t.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Martin Luther. He said: “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

BIBLE EXAMPLES OF PRAYERS DEMANDING GREAT THINGS FROM GOD (PART 3)

The story in II Kings 2:1-14 tells itself, but two or three comments may be helpful.

(a) Elisha would not be discouraged. He was accustomed to taking the words of Elijah as if they were direct from God, but here he point-blank refused to listen to Elijah’s suggestion that he stay at Gilgal, or at Bethel, or at Jericho; no, “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee!” he said.

(b) We surely must be convinced here that God does not always mean “no” when He seems to say “no.” These discouragements were manifestly meant to prove Elisha just as Jesus temporarily discouraged the Canaanitish woman but was secretly pleased when she insisted and would not take “no” for an answer about the healing of her poor, devil-possessed daughter.

So if God does not at first answer your prayers, and if discouraging circumstances seem to indicate that He will not hear you, do not be discouraged. If you know that what you are asking will honor God, then demand it and expect it.

+ Plus, listen to the Jesse Dixon singing “I Know What Prayer Can Do”

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 
 
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