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 passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
We must address him as our Father, and must call him so. He is a common Father to all mankind by creation. He is in a special manner a Father to the saints, by adoption and regeneration; and an unspeakable privilege it is. Thus we must see him in prayer, keep up good thoughts of him, such as are encouraging and not affrighting. There is nothing more pleasing to God, nor pleasant to ourselves, than to call God Father. Christ in prayer mostly called God Father. If he be our Father, he will pity us under our weaknesses and infirmities, will spare us, will make the best of our performances, though very defective, will deny us nothing that is good for us. We have access with boldness to him, as to a father, and have an advocate with the Father, and the Spirit of adoption. When we come repenting of our sins, we must eye God as a Father, as the prodigal did; when we come begging for grace, and peace, and the inheritance and blessing of sons, it is an encouragement that we come to God, not as an unreconciled, avenging Judge, but as a loving, gracious, reconciled Father in Christ.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is that I believe it is a crime for husbands to leave home each morning and not pray with their family. Why? Because as far as I am concerned, you leave your family unprotected against the attacks of the devil. I thank God for good Godly women. But I have found out that many Christian women will not pray as much as they should if that man is not leading in prayer. Why? Because God has put something in that woman to really want to follow her husband. The Christ in her wants to follow her husband. And so, husbands, you have to lead in the spiritual discipline of prayer. Husbands, you not only have to pray for your family, you also have to pray with your family. Wives, you need to pray for your husband and you both must pray with and for your children.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from David Bryant. He said: “To pray in ‘Jesus name’ is to pray for something as it relates to His concerns, His cause, and His redemptive work as mediator in the Gap. Even your most personal concerns should be related to the full scope of God’s great plan for all nations. This may change what you ask for, why you ask for it and what kinds of answers you expect, and what you will do when the answers come.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 8 of our new series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
The night before Jesus was crucified, in the Upper Room He was talking to the saddened disciples, and He gave them there the marvelous promise of John 14:12-14: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
This promise certainly involves miracles. The work that Jesus had been doing, these disciples should do, too. But Jesus did not give the promise to the disciples only. Rather, the promise is to “he that believeth on me.” Anybody who has enough faith in Christ can do His work, the same kind of work that Jesus had been doing. Then Jesus continued His blessed promise addressed to the disciples, but evidently intended for everyone, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.” That “whatsoever” must involve things reaching into the supernatural, things that could be done only by the miracle-working power of God.
And verse 14 says, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” “Any thing” means any thing. You can put any thing in the place of that word “any thing” and the promise is still literally true, and exactly what Jesus meant. You could read that promise, “If ye shall ask a miracle in my name, I will do it,” and still you would not have changed the meaning. “Any thing” means any thing, and a miracle is a thing, coming within this blessed promise. Certainly, then, the Saviour promised miracles to those who ask things purely in His name. That is, when one can ask a thing wholly in Jesus’ name, or with His authority and for His sake, with His approval, then one can get it even if it be a miracle.
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