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:
Finally, in this verse, we notice that God is a Father that knows our case and knows our wants better than we do ourselves. He knows what things we have need of; his eyes run to and fro through the earth, to observe the necessities of his people, and he often gives before we call, and more than we ask for, and if he do not give his people what they ask, it is because he knows they do not need it, and that it is not for their good; and of that he is fitter to judge for us than we for ourselves. We need not be long, nor use many words in representing our case; God knows it better than we can tell him, only he will know it from us (what will ye that I should do unto you?); and when we have told him what it is, we must refer ourselves to him, Lord, all my desire is before thee. So far is God from being wrought upon by the length or language of our prayers, that the most powerful intercessions are those which are made with groanings that cannot be uttered. We are not to prescribe, but subscribe to God.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is that you need to let your children see you pray. Your children need to see you pray through the good times and the bad times. They need to see you pray constantly. They need to see you pray without ceasing. Not only should your children see you pray, let them hear you pray. In other words, pray out loud. Let them hear you call out their names in prayer. Pray for them and with them. Yes, indeed, men, women, boys, and girls ought to pray because we need God in our lives to help us do what He wants done in the world.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Agnes Sanford. She said: “Prayer is not a matter of getting what we want the most. Prayer is a matter of giving ourselves to God and learning His laws, so that He can do through us what He wants the most.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our new series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
The Bible Certainly Promises Miracles in Answer to Prayer and Faith
Any one who takes the Bible at face value must see that Jesus promised miracles to those who should have faith for them when they prayed. Consider this promise:
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus says: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Beyond any doubt, the subject under discussion here is miracles. Jesus had just performed a miracle in casting out a demon from a lunatic boy. Then He says that the disciples are to expect miracles, and if they have faith as a grain of mustard seed, they may easily have a mountain remove out of its place at their word! Certainly that would be a marvelous miracle. Then the Saviour generalizes His teaching in these strong words, “and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” For those who have faith, nothing is impossible! For they have at their command the miracle-working power of God.