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Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #339)

03 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 30:8 which reads: “I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.”

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

When his mountain was shaken he lifted up his eyes above the hills. Prayer is a salve for every sore; he made use of it accordingly. Any afflicted? Any troubled? Let him pray. Though God hid his face from him, yet he prayed. If God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, yet it will be in us the greatest folly and injustice imaginable if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark: I cried to thee, O Lord! It seems God’s withdrawings made his prayers the more vehement. We are here told, for it seems he kept account of it.

My personal encouragement today is this: May I lovingly encourage you to pray, pray, pray: pray for yourself, pray for your neighbour, pray for those who are already saved, pray for our governmental officials; pray for souls to be saved. And if, perhaps you are not saved, pray and ask God to save your soul. God loves you more than you love yourself and He wants to save you, so that you can begin your own prayerful relationship with Him. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jim Cymbala. He said: “Brothers and sisters, I really feel that I’ve heard from God about the future of our church. While I was away, I was calling out to God to help us – to help me – understand what He wants most from us. And I believe I’ve heard an answer. It’s not fancy or profound or spectacular. But I want to say to you with all the seriousness I can muster: From this day on, the prayer meeting will be the barometer of our church. What happens Tuesday night will be the gauge by which we will judge success or failure because that will be the measure by which God blesses us… No matter what I preach or what we claim to believe in our heads, the future will depend upon our times of prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 19 of our series titled “WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Holy Spirit power comes in answer to fasting and prayer. There are many things for which we can pray and at once receive the answer. I believe that a sinner can trust in Christ and be saved at once, without delay. The thief on the cross had only to ask to be forgiven. The publican in the Temple had only to say, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” to go down to his house justified. I know of no Scripture that teaches a lost sinner needs to beg and plead and so try to touch the heart of God or afflict himself in order to be saved. When the poor, sinful will is ready to surrender and put his trust in Christ, then God is immediately ready to forgive and save.

However, though God is instantly willing to forgive the sinner, there are other matters about which we should expect to pray longer. Certainly one of the blessed teachings of the Saviour, emphasized many times, is that we should be persistent in prayer. The widow before the unjust judge prayed again and again in Luke 18:1-8. Teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus first gave them the model prayer, called the Lord’s prayer, then told them about the neighbor who came pounding on the door at midnight saying, “Lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.” In that case, certainly the man asking for bread was asking for another who had none. Jesus told exactly what He meant in that parable when He said in verse 13, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Notice the Holy Spirit was given to them “that ASK Him.” To them that ask how? Like the neighbor who knocked on the door again and again and even then received only “because of his importunity.” That illustrates a Christian’s begging God for bread to take to sinners, or, in other words, praying for the power of the Holy Spirit to make him a soul winner! And the word ask, I understand, is in the imperfect or continuing tense in the Greek, meaning to them that if they keep on asking, God will give the Holy Spirit.

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

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