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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #414)

15 Oct

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:24 which reads: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Christ teacheth them [His disciples] from hence to pray in faith; Have faith in God. They admired the power of Christ’s word of command; “Why,” said Christ, “a lively active faith would put as great a power into your prayers. Whosoever shall say to this mountain, this mount of Olives, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; if he has but any word of God, general or particular, to build his faith upon, and if he shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith, according to the warrant he has from what God hath said, shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Through the strength and power of God in Christ, the greatest difficulty shall be got over, and the thing shall be effected. And therefore, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye shall receive them; nay, believe that ye do receive them, and he that has power to give them, saith, Ye shall have them. I say unto you, Ye shall. Verily I say unto you, Ye shall.”

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You may want to know when to pray, my encouragement to you is to pray as God leads you. But it is also good to follow the example of David and Daniel of old and pray at appointed times. In other words, schedule your time so that you include special quality periods in your day for nothing else but for prayer unto God. It is good to keep regular times to pray as well as to pray in between those times as God’s Holy Spirit prompts you. Keep praying, for prayer is truly where the power is.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Henry W. Frost. He said: “Ah, prayer turns trembling saints into great victors! There is no such thing as surrender, or even discouragement, to a man who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

A depositor whose account is in good condition normally has every check he draws honored by the bank. Then why cannot a child of God day by day draw on the bank of Heaven, have his prayers answered as a matter of course, as a daily business? He can! When a Christian fails to have his prayer-check cashed, he should regard it as proof that something is wrong that needs attention at once.

When I turn faucets in a bathroom or kitchen, I expect water to pour forth every time. If I turn the tap and water does not come, I will be surprised. Also I would know that something radically was wrong and I would immediately set out to find out why the water did not run. If I press a light switch and the light does not shine, or if I plug in an electric motor and there is no power, I know that something is wrong, dead wrong, that the connection with the powerhouse is broken; and I set out to find what is wrong and to remedy it. Just so, every Christian ought to be in daily communion with God and ought to live the joyful life of answered prayer. And when anything hinders his prayers, the Christian ought immediately to be able to find out what is wrong and get it remedied.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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