Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 65:2, which reads: “O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come..”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
The psalmist here has no particular concern of his own at the throne of grace…He gives God glory for hearing prayer. “Praise waits for thee; and why is it so ready?” “Because thou art ready to grant our petitions. O thou that hearest prayer! thou canst answer every prayer, for thou art able to do for us more than we are able to ask or think, and thou wilt answer every prayer of faith, either in kind or kindness.’’ It is much for the glory of God’s goodness, and the encouragement of ours, that he is a hearer of prayer, and has taken it among the titles of his honour to be so; and we are much wanting to ourselves if we do not take all occasions to give him his title. For that reason, we are ready to run to him when we are in our straits. “Therefore, because thou art a God hearing prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come; justly does every man’s praise wait for thee, because every man’s prayer waits on thee when he is in want or distress, whatever he does at other times. Now only the seed of Israel come to thee, and the proselytes to their religion; but, when thy house shall be called a house of prayer to all people, then unto thee shall all flesh come, and be welcome.
My personal encouragement to you today is this: We ought to pray because every now and then, we have to get down on our knees and confess our sins, faults, and failures to God. Now I know that some of you listening to me do not do bad things, but I have done some bad things in my life and every now and then, I have to get down on my knees and confess my sins before God in prayer.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “When God is about to bestow some great blessing on His church, it is often His manner, in the first place, so to order things in His providence as to show His church their great need of it, and to bring them into distress for want of it, and so put them upon crying earnestly to Him for it.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 28 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Although the Lord has forgiven all of our sins, yet He still hates sin. God hates sin in David or in Peter or in Paul; God hates it in you, beloved Christian. And if your sin is not confessed and cleansed day by day, it piles up between you and God to hinder your communion, to block your prayers, to taint your testimony, and to grieve the blessed Holy Spirit. So the Lord teaches us here to come daily and confess our sins, asking forgiveness.
We should forgive others, Ephesians 4:32 tells us, because Christ has already forgiven us all of our sins in salvation so that they are not held against our souls’ welfare. But here in Matthew 14-15 the Saviour warns us that we should forgive others that we as Christians may have the daily cleansing, the daily renewal of fellowship, the daily fullness of the Holy Spirit which God desires for all His dear children, but which He cannot give without a daily confession and forsaking of sin.
+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”