Our prayer motivator passage 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:
Most of the petitions in the Lord’s prayer had been commonly used by the Jews in their devotions, or words to the same effect: but that clause in the fifth petition, As we forgive our debtors, was perfectly new, and therefore our Saviour here shows for what reason he added it, not with any personal reflection upon the peevishness, litigiousness, and ill nature of the men of that generation, though there was cause enough for it, but only from the necessity and importance of the thing itself. God, in forgiving us, has a peculiar respect to our forgiving those that have injured us; and therefore, when we pray for pardon, we must mention our making conscience of that duty, not only to remind ourselves of it, but to bind ourselves to it. Selfish nature is loth to comply with this, and therefore it is here inculcated.
This concludes our discussion of this passage.
My personal encouragement to you today is this: God wants to hear from you every day and throughout the day. That is why He commanded us in His Word to “pray without ceasing.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Thomas Kinkade. He said: “The power of prayer is like turning on a light as it illuminates God’s purpose for our lives. There is no greater connection to knowing His will other than the Word.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled “MIRACLES TODAY CONTINUED” from Dr. John R. Rice.
The gift of prophecy is spoken of as the normal possession of New Testament Christians. Christians are commanded to covet to prophesy, though we are not to covet speaking in foreign languages. 1 Corinthians 14:1 reads, “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” We are told that if all Christians prophesy, the unsaved will be convicted and all his doubts about God will disappear. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 reads, “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” We are told that “ye may all prophesy” And again we are commanded, “Covet to prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:39 reads, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” Even women, who are expressly forbidden to teach or preach, may have the gift of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 11:5 reads, “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.” Do not be confused about the term “prophesy”. It means exactly the same in the Old Testament and in the New, and it is not preaching. Prophetesses never did preach.
But if the gift of prophecy is the normal thing for New Testament churches, then that means that the miraculous, supernatural working of God is to continue down through the ages in His church. Thus when miracles are past, it is because the faith of God’s people has waned.
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