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The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #351)

18 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Nehemiah 4:7-9 which reads: “But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.”

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

The conspiracy which the Jews’ enemies formed against them, to stay the building by slaying the builders. The conspirators were not only Sanballat and Tobiah, but other neighbouring people whom they had drawn into the plot. They flattered themselves with a fancy that the work would soon stand still of itself; but, when they heard that it went on a prospered, they were angry at the Jews for being so hasty to push the work forward and angry at themselves for being so slow in opposing it: They were very wroth. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce, and their wrath, for it was cruel. Nothing would serve but they would fight against Jerusalem. Why, what quarrel had they with the Jews? Had they done them any wrong? Or did they design them any? No, they lived peaceably by them; but it was merely out of envy and malice; they hated the Jews’ piety, and were therefore vexed at their prosperity and sought their ruin.

My personal encouragement today is this: Here are four 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 deliver you from temptation, evil, and sin. (2) Prayer to God will protect you from hurt, harm, and danger. (3) Prayer to God will deliver you out of bad situations and trouble. And (4) Prayer to God will do things for you “exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said: “[God] never condemns long prayers that are sincere. Let us not forget that our Lord sometimes spent long nights in prayer. We are told of one of these – we do not know how frequently they were. He would sometimes rise a “great while before day” and depart to a solitary place for prayer. The perfect Man spent more time in prayer than we do. It would seem an undoubted fact that with God’s saints in all ages nights of prayer with God have been followed by days of power with men.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 9 of a new series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Matthew 17:20 reads, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

The disciples had been unable to cast the demon out of the lunatic boy, and they asked Jesus why they could not cast him out. Jesus answered that it was because of their unbelief, and assured them they were right to pray for big things, even so great as asking that a mountain be removed into the sea. And then He gave that startling promise, “…and nothing shall be impossible unto you!”

Nothing is impossible to those who pray with faith! What an encouragement to ask for mighty things from God!

+ Plus, listen to Lecrae singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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