Hindrances to Prayer, Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #423)

26 Oct

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:26-28 which reads: ” Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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

The apostle here suggests two privileges more to which true Christians are entitled:— The help of the Spirit in prayer. While we are in this world, hoping and waiting for what we see not, we must be praying. Hope supposes desire, and that desire offered up to God is prayer; we groan. We see our weakness in prayer: We know not what we should pray for as we ought. As to the matter of our requests, we know not what to ask. We are not competent judges of our own condition. Who knows what is good for a man in this life? We are short-sighted, and very much biassed in favour of the flesh, and apt to separate the end from the way. You know not what you ask. We are like foolish children, that are ready to cry for fruit before it is ripe and fit for them.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God is in Heaven waiting to hear from us through prayer. Some think God is too busy with billions of people around the world to listen to their prayer. But God is interested in hearing your prayer and He is waiting to answer your prayer. Just pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Cameron V. Thompson. He said: “Once a poor soul entered the school of prayer after his arrival in hell. He asked for relief from his agony; it was refused. He asked that a beggar warn his brothers; he was turned down. He was praying to Abraham, a man; he could not locate God. He dared not ask to get out; he plainly knew that he was beyond all hope. Prayerless on earth, unanswered in hell, he suffers on as the man who tried to learn to pray too late.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Again, the Bible says, “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.” Husbands, too, have their prayers hindered if they do not deal scripturally with their wives.

Husbands are (1) to dwell with their wives “according to knowledge.” that is, based on an understanding of the Scriptures relating to husband and wife. (2) “Giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,” and (3) “as being heirs together of the grace of life.” Husbands, then, should take the place accorded them in Scripture as heads of the home, high priests unto God, responsible for the home and for the children — like Joshua who said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” for “the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church” in Ephesians 5:23. In Genesis 3:16, husbands are to “rule over” their wives. A husband who does not dwell with his wife according to knowledge of the plain command of Scripture is likely to have unanswered, hindered prayers.

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing “Let us Pray”

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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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