Hindrances to Prayer, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #429)

05 Nov

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:6 which reads:

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

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

As a sovereign antidote against perplexing care Paul recommends to us constant prayer: In every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. We must not only keep up stated times for prayer, but we must pray upon every particular emergency: In every thing by prayer. When any thing burdens our spirits, we must ease our minds by prayer; when our affairs are perplexed or distressed, we must seek direction and support.

My personal encouragement to you today is that: Prayer is the only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C. H. Spurgeon. He said: “Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 18 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

God told the Jews in the days of Malachi that divorced wives had covered the altar of the Lord with tears until He would no longer regard the offering or receive it with good will at the hands of the Jews because He was a witness between the sin of the men who tried to pray and their treacherously divorced wives.

And the Lord warns in Exodus 22:22-32 that any afflicted widow or fatherless child could cry to God and that their faintest cry would be heard, and God’s wrath would wax hot against those who oppressed them. And verse 27 of the same chapter tells us that if the poor man should cry at all to God against those who take away his garment and covering, He would hear.

Do you then, dear Christian, believe that God will hear you pray when there are wrongs against others that you have not made right and debts that you have not paid?

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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