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:
This verse intimates, That our communion with God is very much assisted and furthered by the communion of saints. It is pleasant to go to the house of God in company, with the multitude, and it is of good use to those that do so to excite one another to go speedily and lose no time; we should be glad when it is said to us, Let us go. As iron sharpens iron, so may good men sharpen the countenances and spirits one of another in that which is good. It intimates That those who stir up others to that which is good must take heed that they do not turn off, or tire, or draw back themselves; he that says, Let us go, says, I will go also. What good we put others upon doing we must see to it that we do ourselves, else we shall be judged out of our own mouths. Not, “Do you go, and I will stay at home;” but, “Do you go, and I will go with you.” “A singular pattern (says Mr. Pemble) of zealous charity, that neither leaves others behind nor turns others before it.”
My personal encouragement today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer in answered.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Mark 11:22-24 reads, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
This is Mark’s account of the incident of the withered fig tree and the Saviour’s wonderful promise that mountains could be removed by faith. And here He adds this wonderful statement that “what things soever ye desire, when ye pray” we can have it if we believe that we receive them!
Luke 17:5-6 reads, “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
Here again the Saviour means to tell us that startling and wonderful miracles can be done in answer to the prayer of faith. We should ask for mighty things, and believe God!
+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”