Hindrances to Prayer, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #422)

25 Oct

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Acts 6:1-4 which reads: “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. ”

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

The apostles were endued with extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost, tongues and miracles; and yet that to which they gave themselves continually was preaching and praying, by which they might edify the church: and those ministers, without doubt, are the successors of the apostles (not in the plenitude of the apostolical power—those are daring usurpers who pretend to this, but in the best and most excellent of the apostolical works) who give themselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word; and such Christ will always be with, even to the end of the world.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Nothing will make the devil pay attention to you more than prayer. He will fight you tooth and nail to keep you from your prayer time with God. Please understand that prayer is warfare. Contrary to what people will try to tell you, prayer is never easy, but it is tremendously helpful and rewarding.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Gih. He said: “God’s program for reviving His people is definite and clear. First Elijah ‘repaired the altar of Jehovah that was thrown down.’ That is the place to begin. All the ruin that sin has wrought must be cleared away by confession. Things must be made right with God; restitution must be made where it is due. Unless this is done definitely and thoroughly, prayer for reviving is vain…Too many are praying today without repairing the altar by confession of sin, without digging a trench of separation from the world and without a surrender that is even unto death. No wonder such prayer is fruitless.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

You remember Achan and the wedge of gold and the two hundred shekels of silver and the Babylonish garment which he stole — treasures dedicated to God. When the curse of God was pronounced upon all Israel, Achan finally admitted in Joshua 7:21, “They are hid in the earth, in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.” Achan’s sin was not a public sin. Others never dreamed of it. It was a home-sin.

And, dear wife who listens to this, if you are guilty of this horrible sin of rebellion against the one whom you took with solemn vows as your husband, to honor, love, and obey, then that sin today hinders your prayers! That rebellion is the secret of why God has turned away His face and many of your prayers go unanswered.

Rebellion is the sin of fallen angels. Rebellion is the sin which damns every Christ-rejecting sinner. Rebellion against authority is the heart of all crime, and every criminal in a penitentiary has first been guilty not of murder, nor of theft, but of rebellion against authority. This was the sin of the prodigal boy. Rebellion is the very heart of all sin. Dear Christian wife, God says that if you will not be subject to your husband, your prayers are hindered.

I dare not use this Scripture without an honest interpretation of it. The meaning surely is clear. Rebellious wives have their prayers hindered.

+ Plus, listen to The Katinas singing “Praying for You”

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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