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:
The Lord’s prayer (as indeed every prayer) is a letter sent from earth to heaven. Here is the inscription of the letter, the person to whom it is directed, our Father; the where, in heaven; the contents of it in several errands of request; the close, for thine is the kingdom; the seal, Amen; and if you will, the date too, this day.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is that we have to pray and ask God to help us to live right, to think right, and to act right. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot live the Christian life by myself, that is, in my own strength. And you can’t do it in your own strength, either. That is why we need to realize and pray as Zechariah did in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. Whether you know it or not, we cannot live this Christian life in our own power. We have got to allow Jesus Christ to live it through us.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Wesley L. Duewel. He said: “The greatest privilege God gives to you is the freedom to approach Him at any time. You are not only authorized to speak to Him; you are invited. You are not only permitted; you are expected. God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 6 of our new series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
In Mark 11:22-24 we have in slightly different words the promise of the Saviour when He discussed with the disciples the withered fig tree which He had cursed:
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
How wonderful that the Holy Spirit here gave us added light on what Jesus promised. Compare this passage with Matthew 21:21-22 and you will see that in Matthew 21:21 there might be some reason to suppose that Jesus was talking to the disciples, the twelve apostles, alone. But here in Mark 11:23 the Saviour plainly says, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” The promise is not only for the apostles; it is for “whosoever.” If “whosoever” in John 3:16 means anybody who trusts Christ for salvation, then “whosoever” in Mark 11:23 means anybody who will trust Christ for a miracle. If Jesus Christ is to be believed, and if the Bible can be trusted, then anybody who has faith for a miracle will get one!
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