The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #353)

21 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Zechariah 8:21 which reads: “And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.”

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

How unanimous they shall be in their accession to the church, and how zealous in exciting one another to it : The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, as formerly when they went up from all parts of the country to worship at the yearly feasts; and they shall say, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord; I will go also. This intimates, That those who are brought into an acquaintance with Christ themselves should do all they can to bring others acquainted with him; thus Andrew invited Peter to Christ and Philip invited Nathanael. True grace hates monopolies. This intimates, That those who are duly sensible of their need of Christ, and of the favour of God through him, will stir up themselves and others without delay to hasten to him: “Let us go speedily to pray; it is for our lives, and the lives of our souls, that we are to petition, and therefore it concerns us to lose no time; in a matter of such moment delays are dangerous.”

My personal encouragement today is this: There is great power through prayer to God. And there are great benefits from God in prayer. You will find as you trail through life that you will need God, and prayer invites God to work in, through, and for your life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Robert Murray McCheyne. He said: When Christ delays to help His saints now, you think this is a great mystery, you cannot explain it; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. Be still, and know that Christ is God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of a new series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Matthew 21:21-22 reads, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

This is an entirely different occasion from that mentioned in Matthew 17:20-21; yet here the Saviour uses the same illustration and says again that not only can a fig tree be blighted but a mountain can be cast into the sea in answer to prayer. And then He adds the mighty promise, “And ALL THINGS, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Plainly, this is an invitation to pray for anything, no matter how mighty, just so you believe in your heart that God will give it. The Lord Jesus pleads with us to ask for big things!

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “What if His People Prayed?”

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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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