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The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #361)

01 Aug

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 the product of all this, they have their reward; they have all the recompence they must ever expect from God for their service, and a poor recompence it is. What will it avail us to have the good word of our fellow-servants, if our Master do not say, Well done? But if in so great a transaction as is between us and God, when we are at prayer, we can take in so poor a consideration as the praise of men is, it is just that that should be all our reward. They did it to be seen of men, and they are so; and much good may it do them. Those that would approve themselves to God by their integrity in their religion, must have to regard to the praise of men; it is not to men that we pray, nor from them that we expect an answer; they are not to be our judges, they are dust and ashes like ourselves, and therefore we must not have our eye to them: what passes between God and our own souls must be out of sight. In our synagogue-worship, we must avoid every thing that tends to make our personal devotion remarkable, as they that caused their voice to be heard on high. Public places are not proper for private solemn prayer.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: Prayer is like any other important discipline in the Christian life. If you don’t do it, you won’t reap the benefits and blessings that God wants you to have. If you want to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer, then you need to Just Pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from David Jeremiah. He said: “How often have we prayed something like, “O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way”? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, “O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?” No way. You would say, “Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?” We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 19 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

BIBLE EXAMPLES OF PRAYERS DEMANDING GREAT THINGS FROM GOD (PART 6)

Another illustration of how eager God is to give more than we can ask and how pleased He is with big prayers is given in II Kings 4:1-7. Here again Elisha, the man who demanded and received a double portion of the Spirit of God that rested on Elijah, is the hero of the story. As Elisha had called on Elijah, so this woman calls on Elisha.

Let’s read this passage prayerfully.

1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

How much oil did God give to the widow? Just as much oil as she had vessels fors! God had more oil than she had vessels, and the oil did not stop flowing until there was nowhere else to put it.

When this poor mother said to her son, “Bring me yet a vessel”; and when he said to her, “There is not a vessel more”; and when the oil stopped flowing, oh, I am sure she wished she had borrowed more vessels! If she did not have enough to buy all her heart could desire, it was her own fault; for God surely showed that He could furnish the oil according to the vessels provided. And as it was, there was oil enough for her to pay the debt, and then for the widow and her sons to live of the rest.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “City on Our Knees”

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