The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #349)

16 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 88:13 which reads: “But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.”

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

David resolves to continue instant in prayer, and the more so because the deliverance was deferred: “Unto thee have I cried many a time, and found comfort in so doing, and therefore I will continue to do so; in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.” Note, Though our prayers be not answered immediately, yet we must not therefore give over praying, because the vision is for an appointed time, and at the end it shall speak and not lie. God delays the answer in order that he may try our patience and perseverance in prayer. He resolves to seek God early, in the morning, when his spirits were lively, and before the business of the day began to crowd in—in the morning, after he had been tossed with cares, and sorrowful thoughts in the silence and solitude of the night; but how could he say, My prayer shall prevent thee? Not as if he could wake sooner to pray than God to hear and answer; for he neither slumbers nor sleeps; but it intimates that he would be up earlier than ordinary to pray, would prevent (that is, go before) his usual hour of prayer. The greater our afflictions are the more solicitous and serious we should be in prayer. “My prayer shall present itself before thee, and be betimes with thee, and shall not stay for the encouragement of the beginning of mercy, but reach towards it with faith and expectation even before the day dawns.” God often prevents our prayers and expectations with his mercies; let us prevent his mercies with our prayers and expectations.

My personal encouragement today is this: Here are three more benefits that I have personally received from prayer to God, and that I know you can receive as well. (1) Prayer to God will give you peace and joy even though you don’t deserve it. (2) Prayer to God can supply your needs. And (3) Prayer to God can lift burdens, worries, fears, and cares.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Philip Graham Ryken. He said: “Are you a hypocrite? One way to tell is to compare the amount of time you spend in private prayer to the amount of time you spend in public prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of a new series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

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

Here God exhorts us to call on Him so He can give “great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Again, God has in mind big prayers, asking great things. God had been dealing with Jeremiah on this matter of big prayers because the people of Israel were in such terrible need. In the preceding chapter, we learn that the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar had surrounded Jerusalem, had thrown up mounts against the walls, ready to swarm over them and take the city. Famine and pestilence had already stricken the besieged people. Then Jeremiah cried out in Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” Then Jeremiah reminded God of how He had dealt with the children of Israel before in bringing them out of Egypt. And in verse 26 and 27 we find God’s answer: “Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”

God was going to allow Jerusalem to fall into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar only because of the unbelief and sin of the people, not because He was not able and willing to deliver the people even in this dire extremity! God reminded Jeremiah, and through him He reminded the Jews and reminds all of us today, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.” Then He asks us all, “Is there any thing too hard for me?”

+ Plus, listen to Daniel Whyte III singing “Prayer”

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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