The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #358)

28 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:6 which reads: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

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

Here we observe what the places were which they chose for their devotions; they prayed in the synagogues, which were indeed proper places for public prayer, but not for personal. They pretended hereby to do honour to the place of their assemblies, but intended to do honour to themselves. They prayed in the corners of the streets, the broad streets (so the word signifies), which were most frequented. They withdrew thither, as if they were under a pious impulse which would not admit delay, but really it was to cause themselves to be taken notice of. There, where two streets met, they were not only within view of both, but every passenger turning close upon them would observe them, and hear what they said.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: In this life, you will need to learn to pray when you feel like praying and pray even when you don’t.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Martin Luther. He said: “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.


The story in II Kings 2:1-14 tells itself, but two or three comments may be helpful.

(a) Elisha would not be discouraged. He was accustomed to taking the words of Elijah as if they were direct from God, but here he point-blank refused to listen to Elijah’s suggestion that he stay at Gilgal, or at Bethel, or at Jericho; no, “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee!” he said.

(b) We surely must be convinced here that God does not always mean “no” when He seems to say “no.” These discouragements were manifestly meant to prove Elisha just as Jesus temporarily discouraged the Canaanitish woman but was secretly pleased when she insisted and would not take “no” for an answer about the healing of her poor, devil-possessed daughter.

So if God does not at first answer your prayers, and if discouraging circumstances seem to indicate that He will not hear you, do not be discouraged. If you know that what you are asking will honor God, then demand it and expect it.

+ Plus, listen to the Jesse Dixon singing “I Know What Prayer Can Do”

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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