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The Limitless Possibilities of Fasting, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #343)

07 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:

We notice that these afflictions had set David a praying; and afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have that effect, and when we are afflicted we pray more, and pray better, than before, we may hope that God will hear our prayer and give ear to our cry; for the prayer which by his providence he gives occasion for, and which by his Spirit of grace he indites, shall not return void.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: You can pray to God anytime and anywhere. God will help you to pray with your family every day. I know He will, because in over twenty-five years of marriage, I have never missed a day in prayer and family devotions with my own family, and it is the single most important reason why we are still together and thriving in the work of the Lord. Prayer is where the power is.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Sale. He said: “Although we must insist that, because of who we are and who God is, our prayers do not change God’s mind, it is right for us to understand that God has ordained that prayer “changes things.” The design of prayer is not that the immutable will of God be altered, but that His will may be accomplished in His own good time and way. Our prayers are not intended to change the purpose of God or to move him to create new purposes. God has not only decreed the end of all things, but He also has decreed the means to reach that end. Thus, it is improper for us to say that, because God is sovereign and is in control of all things, certain things will happen whether we pray or not. That must be absolutely rejected because God has ordained that prayer be the means to accomplish His purpose.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Psalm 81:10 reads, “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”

Jeremiah 33:3 reads, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

The infinite, almighty God is able to give great answers to prayer. If there be a God, Creator of the heavens and earth, the sustainer of all things, then it would be silly to quibble that He is unable to answer prayers, any kind of prayers, and answer them to any extent; provided only that to answer the prayers would be right. God cannot lie, cannot sin, cannot be tempted. God can, in His infinite power and authority, do anything that is right.

Not only has God the power to give mighty answers to prayer, but He has the disposition. God delights to answer prayers for big things, because He is not only the infinite and almighty God but the loving Father of His children. If the creation of the world proves God’s power, then the giving of His own Son in redeeming love to save lost men proves His willingness to bless! Romans 8:32 which says, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” is the way the Holy Spirit Himself records this willingness of God to give mighty things, literally “all things”, to His own. God is able and willing to answer big prayers for mighty things.

+ Plus, listen to Andre Crouch singing “Prayer”

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