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:
Hallowed be thy name. It is the same word that in other places is translated sanctified. But here the old word hallowed is retained, only because people were used to it in the Lord’s prayer. In these words, We give glory to God; it may be taken not as a petition, but as an adoration; as that, the Lord be magnified, or glorified, for God’s holiness is the greatness and glory of all his perfections. We must begin our prayers with praising God, and it is very fit he should be first served, and that we should give glory to God, before we expect to receive mercy and grace from him. Let him have praise of his perfections, and then let us have the benefit of them.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is for those who are single. For those of you who might be single, you need to pray as well. I have had single people to share with me how hard it is to pray alone. I know. I was single once. But it’s equally hard in marriage. Remember, the grass is not greener on the other side. You cannot allow your happiness and your joy and your peace to depend on your future wife, your future husband, or your circumstances. Your happiness, your joy, and your peace of mind must be found in Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 26:3 we read: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” By keeping your mind on Jesus Christ, you are guaranteed perfect peace, and one way you can keep your mind on Jesus is through having times of regular prayer.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Abraham Joshua Heschel. He said: “In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
You may have heathen religions without miracles. You may have evolutionary theory without miracles. You may have modernism without miracles. You may have atheism without miracles. BUT YOU CANNOT HAVE CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT MIRACLES! Christianity is a miracle religion.
Every opponent of Christianity opposes it on the point of miracles. Evolutionists do not believe in a direct, immediate, supernatural, miraculous creation. They do not believe that God made something out of nothing, that He did it instantly and not by a process. They do not believe that God made man directly out of dust. Infidels do not believe that the Bible was directly, miraculously inspired of God. They may think good men wrote it; they do not think that God miraculously gave the Book, making it entirely different in kind from other books and infallibly correct. Critics particularly deny the recorded miracles of the Bible such as the Flood, the miracles of Jonah and the whale, of the sun standing still for about a day in its relation to the earth in Joshua’s time, for example. Those who do not believe that Christ is the Son of God, of course, mean that they do not believe in the miracles recorded about Him. They believe that there was a man named Jesus who lived, that He was a good man, a great teacher, a fine example. But they do not believe He was God incarnate in human form, that He was born of a virgin, without a human father, that He actually miraculously rose from the dead and ascended bodily into Heaven.
Christianity stands or falls on its miracles. Christianity is a miracle religion.
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