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Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #373)

18 Aug

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:9-13 which reads: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

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

When Christ had condemned what was amiss, he directs to do better; for his are reproofs of instruction. Because we know not what to pray for as we ought, he here helps our infirmities, by putting words into our mouths; ‘after this manner therefore pray ye.’ So many were the corruptions that had crept into this duty of prayer among the Jews, that Christ saw it needful to give a new directory for prayer, to show his disciples what must ordinarily be the matter and method of their prayer, which he gives in words that may very well be used as a form; as the summary or contents of the several particulars of our prayers. Not that we are tied up to the use of this form only, or of this always, as if this were necessary to the consecrating of our other prayers; we are here bid to pray after this manner, with these words, or to this effect.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that God is not going to make you pray, but you ought to pray. God does not make you pray. But if you want to see souls saved in your ministry, if you want to see revival, if you want to see God bless your family and your children, if you want to see all of your needs met, then it is best for you to pray, it behooves you to pray—you ought to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Stanley. He said: “We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our new series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Jesus cursed the barren fig tree, and it withered away presently. How astonished the disciples were when they saw this miracle! Discussing it, Jesus said in Matthew 21:21-22, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Again, the subject under discussion is miracles. Jesus had just worked a mighty miracle in drying up the fig tree from the roots by a word of command. Now He promises the disciples that they can do the same kind of physical miracles, if they have faith and do not doubt. They can curse a fig tree or remove a mountain and cast it into the sea, if they have faith. Again Jesus moves from the particular to the general and promises, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Certainly He here meant ALL THINGS, which involve miracles of every kind.

+ Plus, listen to The Katinas singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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