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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #418)

19 Oct

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 18:1 which reads: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”

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

This parable has its key hanging at the door; the drift and design of it are prefixed. Christ spoke it with this intent, to teach us that men ought always to pray and not to faint. It supposes that all God’s people are praying people; all God’s children keep up both a constant and an occasional correspondence with him, send to him statedly, and upon every emergency. It is our privilege and honour that we may pray. It is our duty; we ought to pray, we sin if we neglect it. It is to be our constant work; we ought always to pray, it is that which the duty of every day requires. We must pray, and never grow weary of praying, nor think of leaving it off till it comes to be swallowed up in everlasting praise. But that which seems particularly designed here is to teach us constancy and perseverance in our requests for some spiritual mercies that we are in pursuit of, relating either to ourselves or to the church of God. When we are praying for strength against our spiritual enemies, our lusts and corruptions, which are our worst enemies, we must continue instant in prayer, we must pray and not faint, for we shall not seek God’s face in vain. So we must pray likewise for the deliverance of the people of God out of the hands of their persecutors and oppressors.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You will never “find” time to pray, you must choose to “make” time to pray. The devil will try to keep you back from praying by bringing things to your mind that you may need to do but that can wait until later to be done. Don’t let the devil talk you out of praying to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Hugh C. C. McCullough. He said: “The time factor in prayer is very important. In the exercise of prayer God is not tied to our clocks. Neither is He at the other end of the phone to receive and answer our two-minute calls. It takes time to know the mind of God, to shut out the material things of earth and to be wholly abandoned.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

This section is titled: “Wrong Relationship of Wives to Husbands and Husbands to Wives Hinders Prayer”

In the matter of hindered prayer, we ought to begin where God begins. In 1 Peter 3:7, the Lord says, “…that your prayers be not hindered.” Speaking first of the sins of a rebellious wife that hurts her prayers, He discusses that in detail. Then the Scripture speaks of the sins of a husband who does not take his proper, God-Appointed place in relation to the wife, and warns both wife and husband that they are to obey God in this matter, “that your prayers be not hindered.”

Let’s read prayerfully these seven remarkable verses, which may show why God does not hear your prayer. 1 Peter 3:1-7 reads:

1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are

, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

+ Plus, listen to Lecrae singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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