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:
The pattern of the prayer is that it might be done on earth, in this place of our trial and probation (where our work must be done, or it never will be done), as it is done in heaven, that place of rest and joy. We pray that earth may be made more like heaven by the observance of God’s will (this earth, which, through the prevalency of Satan’s will, has become so near akin to hell), and that saints may be made more like the holy angels in their devotion and obedience. We are on earth, blessed by God, not yet under the earth; we pray for the living only, not for the dead that have gone down into silence.
We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you todayis this: Be aware, as you make up your mind to pray more, and as you actually pray more, things are not going to immediately be a bed of roses; your days are not going to be problem-free. Quite the contrary. Why? Because Satan will be there to meet you head-on. He does not want you to pray; he does not want you to tap into your source of strength and power; he does not want you to call upon Jesus. So therefore, he will throw every obstacle your way to prevent you from praying. Satan does not mind you learning about prayer, but he does not want you to get into the habit of praying. Why? Because something happens when a Christian prays; something happens when a Christian communicates with God. Satan does not want the Christian to pray because he knows he will be defeated through prayer.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A. Torrey. He said: “Oh, men and women, pray through; pray through! Do not just begin to pray and pray a little while and throw up your hands and quit; but pray and pray and pray until God bends the heavens and comes down.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 19 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Do you believe there are angels? The Bible has a very clear teaching about angels. They are heavenly beings. According to the Bible, they go and come without any regard to natural laws such as gravity and the limitations of time and space. Angels are messengers from God and report back to God. They are in Hebrews 1:14 “all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them [us] who shall be heirs of salvation.” Human beings do not often see these heavenly beings, but they are always about us.
Jacob saw them more than once. Elisha saw them, and Joshua, Gideon, the father and mother of Samson, Balaam, Daniel, Hagar, Zechariah, Joseph, Mary, Paul, and many others, saw angels, according to recorded instances. Angels went to Sodom. Angels appeared at the open tomb of the Saviour. Angels appeared after He went away, and reminded the disciples that Jesus would come again. The Scripture says that little children have guardian angels — Matthew 18:10 says “their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Psalm 34:7 tells us, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
So the plain teaching of Scripture is that angels are all about us, invisible to us but guarding us, ministering to us, protecting us. But if that is true, it is all miraculous. It is not natural but supernatural. It is not human but divine. It is not ordinary but extraordinary.
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