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Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #386)

05 Sep

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:

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. We pray that God’s kingdom being come, we and others may be brought into obedience to all the laws and ordinances of it. By this let it appear that Christ’s kingdom is come, let God’s will be done; and by this let is appear that it is come as a kingdom of heaven, let it introduce a heaven upon earth. We make Christ but a titular Prince, if we call him King, and do not do his will: having prayed that he may rule us, we pray that we may in every thing be ruled by him.

We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: a second reason why we faint in prayer is because of delay. We think that God is on our time and that He pays every Friday. But we must remind ourselves that God is on His own time and like the old preachers down in Georgia used to say: “God may not come when you want Him to but He’s always right on time.” Remember, a day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years is like one day to God. For those of you who have been saved a while, we know that time after time God has delivered us—right on time. When things seemed hopeless, God brought us through. He heard our prayer. Bank on it, dear friends, God wants to hear your prayer more than you want to pray. He delights in hearing us pray to Him. He wants to answer our prayers. He wants to bless us. He delights in blessing us. But, most importantly, He wants to hear from us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles E. Cowman. He said: “The devil is not put to flight by a courteous request. He meets us at every turn, contends for every inch, and our progress has to be registered in heart’s blood, tears, and prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Walking down an aisle in a strange audience, I felt impressed to lay my hand upon a man’s shoulder and ask him if he were saved. Immediately, he began to tremble, then weep. He told me that he was not. In a moment or two he trusted in Christ and was happily saved. There were few unsaved people present. What led me to select the one man who was already concerned, from the few unsaved people in that great audience? Was it natural or supernatural? Was it human or divine? Many thousands of others have had leading as direct as that.

But we must remember that it is the Holy Spirit Himself who works miracles. It was the Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead. And in Ephesians 1:19-20, Paul prayed that New Testament Christians should know “what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.” And Romans 8:11 says, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” The Holy Spirit raised up Christ from the dead. It is the same Holy Spirit that will raise our bodies.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing “Pray On”

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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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