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:
An argument to enforce this petition; as we forgive our debtors. This is not a plea of merit, but a plea of grace. Those that come to God for the forgiveness of their sins against him, must make conscience of forgiving those who have offended them, else they curse themselves when they say the Lord’s prayer. Our duty is to forgive our debtors; as to debts of money, we must not be rigorous and severe in exacting them from those that cannot pay them without ruining themselves and their families; but this means debt of injury; our debtors are those that trespass against us, that smite us, and in strictness of law, might be prosecuted for it; we must forbear, and forgive, and forget the affronts put upon us, and the wrongs done us; and this is a moral qualification for pardon and peace; it encourages to hope, that God will forgive us; for if there be in us this gracious disposition, it is wrought of God, and therefore is a perfection eminently and transcendently in himself; it will be an evidence to us that he has forgiven us, having wrought in us the condition of forgiveness.
We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is 4 more ways to pray for other people: 1. Ask that the person have the mind of Christ. 2. Ask that the person grow daily in Christ-like maturity. 3. Ask that the person put on the full armor of God. 4. Ask that the person be alert to Satan’s strategy.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Luis Palau. He said: “You can read all the manuals on prayer and listen to other people pray, but until you begin to pray yourself you will never understand prayer. It’s like riding a bicycle or swimming: You learn by doing.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 25 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
MIRACLES OF THE BIBLE ARE GIVEN AS EXAMPLES FOR US
In the very nature of the case, the fact that the Bible is full of miracles must intend to teach us that God is a miracle-working God. Why should God tantalize us with accounts of how He has blessed others, how He has heard their prayers, how He has healed their sicknesses, how He has provided for their needs, if He be not willing to do the same for us whenever it is right and good?
But the Scripture repeatedly tells us that these miracles are given for examples to us. For instance in Psalm 81:10 God tells us, “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
What could the Lord here mean but this: That He who did miracles before is able to do them again! He who blessed Israel with mighty blessings will do the same for us, if we trust Him. Evidently He means that all the wonders accompanying the deliverance of the people of Israel and their support and protection in the wilderness journeys are written to encourage us; therefore, we should open our mouths wide in faith and receive like blessings when needed.
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