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 insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
Thy Father seeth in secret; his eye is upon thee to accept thee, when the eye of no man is upon thee to applaud thee; under the fig-tree, I saw thee, said Christ to Nathaniel. John 1:48 reads, “Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.” He saw Paul at prayer in such a street, at such a house. Acts 9:11 reads, “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,”. There is not a secret, sudden breathing after God, but he observes it.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement today is this: Nothing will make the devil pay attention to you more than prayer. He will fight you tooth and nail to keep you from your prayer time with God. Please understand that prayer is warfare. Contrary to what people will try to tell you, prayer is never easy, but it is tremendously helpful and rewarding.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from D.L. Moody. He said: “I believe in definite prayer. Abraham prayed for Sodom. Moses interceded for the children of Israel. How often our prayers go all around the world, without real definite asking for anything! And often, when we do ask, we don’t expect anything. Many people would be surprised if God did answer their prayers.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 22 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
BIBLE EXAMPLES OF PRAYERS DEMANDING GREAT THINGS FROM GOD (PART 9)
In reviewing the passages in Isaiah and II Kings from our last broadcast, any honest heart must see that God intended us to be encouraged to pray great prayers. In I Kings, chapter 18, we read how God gave fire from Heaven on Mount Carmel and turned the hearts of all the nation back to God again in answer to Elijah’s prayer. Then the three and a half years’ drought which had come in answer to Elijah’s prayer was broken when he prayed again and the Lord gave rain. And how suggestive it is that Elijah is held up to New Testament Christians as our example of faith.
James 5:16-18 reads, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
I suggest it would be a blessed exercise to spend some days in carefully rereading all the great answers to prayer which you can find in the Bible and meditating upon the mighty promises of God.
+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”