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:
We observe from this passage, how unanimous they were: They conspired all of them together, though of different interests among themselves, yet one in their opposition to the work of God. We also see how close they were; they said, “They shall not know, neither see, till we have them at our mercy.” Thus they took crafty counsel, and digged deep to hide it from the Lord, and promised themselves security and success from the secresy of their management. We see how cruel they were: We will come and slay them. If nothing less than the murder of the workmen will put a stop to the work, they will not stick at that; nay, it is their blood they thirst for, and they are glad of any pretence to glut themselves with it. And we see what the design was and how confident they were of success: it was to cause the work to cease, and this they were confident that they should effect. The hindering of good work is that which bad men aim at and promise themselves; but good work is God’s work, and it shall prosper
My personal encouragement today is this: I have noticed five hinderances that stand in the way of some Christians praying as they should. If you could only get over these five hurdles you would then pray more effectively and begin to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer to God. These five hurdles are: 1. Spiritual Inertia, 2. The Flesh, 3. Satan and his Demons, 4. Doubt and Unbelief, and 5. The “Busy”ness of life (the World). Don’t let these things hinder you.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Donald Whitney. He said: “It may be, remember, that God has indeed answered but not in a way that is obvious to us. And it is possible that nothing is amiss in our praying, but that we haven’t yet seen the answer only because God intends for us to persevere in praying about the matter awhile longer. But we must also learn to examine our prayers. Are we asking for things that are outside the will of God or would not glorify Him? Are we praying with selfish motives? Are we failing to deal with the kind of blatant sin that causes God to put all our prayers on hold?”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 10 of a new series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Mark 9:23 reads, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Here in Mark’s account of the healing of the same lunatic boy whom the disciples had tried and failed to heal while Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, we are given an added promise. Matthew tells how Jesus promised the disciples that if they believed when they prayed, “nothing shall be impossible unto you.” But here the Saviour addresses the father of the child himself and said to him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
“ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM THAT BELIEVETH.” Again the dear Saviour seems to challenge us to ask for bigger things. The father of the child had said, “If thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” But Jesus answered him in effect, “You have the if in the wrong place. There is no if about My power or My compassion. The only if is whether you will believe. All things are possible to him that believeth”—to anybody that believeth!
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