Hindrances to Prayer, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #415)

16 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:

To that faith of miracles which the apostles and first preachers of the gospel were endued with, which did wonders in things natural, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils; these were, in effect, the removing of mountains. The apostles speak of a faith which would do that, and yet might be found where holy love was not. It may be applied to that miracle of faith, which all true Christians are endued with, which doeth wonders in things spiritual. It justifies us, and so removes the mountains of guilt, and casts them into the depths of the sea, never to rise up in judgment against us. It purifies the heart and so removes mountains of corruption, and makes them plains before the grace of God. It is by faith that the world is conquered, Satan’s fiery darts are quenched, a soul is crucified with Christ, and yet lives; by faith we set the Lord always before us, and see him that is invisible, and have him present to our minds; and this is effectual to remove mountains, for at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, the mountains were not only moved, but removed.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: The only way to get true wisdom is by simply praying and asking God for it. It is a free gift of the grace of God, as is your soul’s salvation.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Martin Lloyd-Jones. He said: “The main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God’s name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and think again.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The Scriptures indicate that there are sins which hinder the prayers of Christians, sins that turn God’s face away so that He will not hear, yea, sins which make it so that God cannot, in righteousness, heed the cry of His own child whom He loves! We are not left in the dark about these sins. God, in His wonderful love, has shown us in the Bible the things that grieve Him, the things that make it so He cannot fully answer our prayers.

Often we pray for daily bread or for the daily necessities such as money for rent, a job, furniture or clothes — things for which God tells us to pray — yet no answer comes. Christians often pray for the conversion of loved ones, pray for revivals, pray for help in temptation — all matters about which every Christian certainly has a right to pray, matters about which God has declared in His Word that He is concerned, and which He is anxious to give us; yet Christians often do not get the answer to their prayers. Why? Many a good prayer cannot be answered by a holy God because of sins in the life and heart of the one who prays.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer Changes Things”

Leave a comment

Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: