Why Fasting and Prayer is Important, Part 22 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #342)

05 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

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

David pleads the good impressions made upon him by his affliction. He hoped that the end was accomplished for which it was sent, and that therefore it would be removed in mercy; and unless an affliction has done its work, though it may be removed, it is not removed in mercy. It had set him a weeping, and he hoped God would take notice of that. When the Lord God called to mourning, he answered the call and accommodated himself to the dispensation, and therefore could, in faith, pray, Lord, hold not thy peace at my tears. He that does not willingly afflict and grieve the children of men, much less his own children, will not hold his peace at their tears, but will either speak deliverance for them (and, if he speak, it is done) or in the mean time speak comfort to them and make them to hear joy and gladness.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: Dedicated prayer with your family will be the most difficult thing you will do in your life, and the devil will fight against you on this like nothing else. But prayer is a fight you must win for the glory of God and for your family. Men, as I Corinthians 16:13 says, “Quit yourself like a man” and lead your family into victorious spiritual warfare!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Chrysostom. He said: “[We pray] not to inform God or instruct Him but to beseech Him closely, to be made intimate with Him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is 22nd and final part of our series titled “WHY FASTING AND PRAYER IS IMPORTANT” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Have you tried fasting and praying and waiting on God until the victory came?

If you want help in trouble, then pray; and if the answer does not come easily and soon, fast and pray. Fasting and prayer, by which we mean wholehearted, surrendered, fervent, determined prayer, will help you find what is wrong, will help you repent genuinely and turn from sin, will help you get victory over bad habits, grudges, daily temptation and will help you find the wisdom of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit and help you intercede for others and will open the way for you to receive the power of the Holy Spirit in abundance.

Dear child of God, do you feel led to try it? Then fast and pray until God meets you in blessing.

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


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