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The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 23 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #365)

07 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 insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

He will reward thee openly; they have their reward that do it openly, and thou shalt not lose thine for thy doing it in secret. It is called a reward, but it is of grace, not of debt; what merit can there be in begging? The reward will be open; they shall not only have it, but have it honourably: the open reward is that which hypocrites are fond of, but they have not patience to stay for it; it is that which the sincere are dead to, and they shall have it over and above. Sometimes secret prayers are rewarded openly in this world by signal answers to them, which manifests God’s praying people in the consciences of their adversaries; however, at the great day there will be an open reward, when all praying people shall appear in glory with the great Intercessor. The Pharisees have their reward before all the town, and it was a mere flash and shadow; true Christians shall have theirs before all the world, angels and men, and it shall be a weight of glory.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement today is this: God is in Heaven waiting to hear from us through prayer. Some think God is too busy with billions of people around the world to listen to their prayer. But God is interested in hearing your prayer and He is waiting to answer your prayer. Just pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Stanley. He said: “An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 23 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Small prayers are the sign of weak faith, and little faith grieves God and does great harm. Remember that Jesus said more than once, in reproof, “O ye of little faith”! Big prayers show faith in God. And that not only pleases God but brings other blessed results.

Big praying gives God a chance to show His mighty power and glorify His name. In Nazareth the Lord Jesus Himself could do no mighty works because of their unbelief. Mark 6:5-6 says,”And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” God is still able and willing to do mighty things;but there are so few people who ask God and believe Him and expect big things. God is still the One who brought His people out of Egypt, but we do not open our mouths wide, and we do not get big bites from God. God still has plenty of oil, but we do not furnish the empty vessels.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing “Just a Little Talk With Jesus”

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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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