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 first part of this prayer is The preface, Our Father who art in heaven. Before we come to our business, there must be a solemn address to him with whom our business lies; Our Father. Intimating, that we must pray, not only alone and for ourselves, but with and for others; for we are members one of another, and are called into fellowship with each other. We are here taught to whom to pray, to God only, and not to saints and angels, for they are ignorant of us, are not to have the high honours we give in prayer, nor can give favours we expect. We are taught how to address ourselves to God, and what title to give him, that which speaks him rather beneficent than magnificent, for we are to come boldly to the throne of grace.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is that we need God’s help in our homes. I have found out as I have traveled all across this country and overseas preaching in churches that the problem in our churches is not with the preacher or with the preaching of the Word of God. The problem is not the financial situation of the church. In most of our churches, the problem is not really what the color of the carpet is, etc. The main problem in our churches today is in the home. You may be thinking, How can you say that? The answer is simple: if you have a mean-spirited, angry, unkind husband at home and he’s a deacon at church, guess what he’s going to be at the church? If you have a mean-spirited, rebellious, loud, want-to-be-in-control wife at home, then guess what you’re going to have in the church? You see, when we have that kind of situation in our homes, it seeps into the church. If you have rebellious, disrespectful children, well, it comes out in the church. You can’t let your children run wild, be rebellious and talk back to you at home and then expect them to act right in the church. The home is where it is at, and the devil has a special task force whose mission is to destroy the home.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said: “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our new series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
We must remember that faith is a gift of God, and that the Holy Spirit will not help us to have faith about wicked things, things out of the will of God. Yet the point is quite plain here that a miracle was possible in the apostles’ day in answer to the prayer of faith, and that anybody else in the world in any day can have a miracle on exactly the same condition. The apostles did not move that mountain into the sea, and others have not done so yet. But the promise of Jesus Christ still stands, and miracles, He said, are possible for “whosoever…shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass.”
+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing “If My People Pray”