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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 28 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #439)

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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”

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Alistair Begg said, “Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God’s help is not partial but total.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #379)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 4:3 which reads: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Philip Yancey. He said, “Prayer is not a means of removing the unknown and predictable elements in life, but rather a way of including the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of the grace of God in our lives.”

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 27 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #438)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 55:17, which reads: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

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

David perseveres in his resolution to pray frequently, every day, and three times a day—evening, and morning, and at noon. It is probable that this had been his constant practice, and he resolves to continue it now that he is in his distress. Then we may come the more boldly to the throne of grace in trouble when we do not then first begin to seek acquaintance with God, but it is what we have constantly practised, and the trouble finds the wheels of prayer going. Those that think three meals a day little enough for the body ought much more to think three solemn prayers a day little enough for the soul, and to count it a pleasure, not a task. As it is fit that in the morning we should begin the day with God, and in the evening close it with him, so it is fit that in the midst of the day we should retire awhile to converse with him. It was Daniel’s practice to pray three times a day, and noon was one of Peter’s hours of prayer. Let not us be weary of praying often, for God is not weary of hearing.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God is not going to make you pray, but you ought to pray. God does not make you pray. But if you want to see souls saved in your ministry, if you want to see revival, if you want to see God bless your family and your children, if you want to see all of your needs met, then it is best for you to pray, it behooves you to pray—you ought to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leslie Ludy. She said: “It has been said by many great Christians that prayer is our secret weapon. If we desire to be free from every enemy stronghold over our lives and fully fortified to live the superhuman existences God intended us to live, then we must learn how to pray.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 27 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

You understand, I trust, that forgiveness of sins has two meanings in the Bible. In the first place, when a poor lost sinner comes to Christ and trusts Him for salvation, then all of his sins are forgiven and blotted out and will be remembered against him no more forever, as far as the damnation of his soul is concerned. Romans 4:8 says, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” In getting saved we do not get sins forgiven one at a time; but all at once the glorious transaction is finished and all of our sins are laid on Jesus and forgiven, blotted out, never to be held against us any more and never to endanger our poor souls again! What wonderful salvation! What marvelous mercy in the forgiveness of vile sinners!

But after one is already a child of God, after one is born again, after one has been made a partaker of the divine nature, he is still, while in this world, a sinner. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Paul, the mighty apostle, yet in the midst of his ministry claimed still to be the very chief of sinners in 1 Timothy 1:15. And David in that inspired 51st Psalm was led to write, “My sin is ever before me.” And the Saviour in the Lord’s Prayer is expressly teaching us that we ought daily to confess our sins and ask forgiveness. So besides the forgiveness of our sins we get in salvation, one can have and needs a day-by-day clearing of sin out of the way.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Steve Harvey said, “Sometimes in life, we need to P.U.S.H — Pray. Until. Something. Happens.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #378)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Hebrews 4:6 which says: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Amy Carmichael. She said, “We have one crystal clear reason apart from the blessed happiness of this way of life. It is this: prayer is the core of our day. Take prayer out, and the day would collapse, would be pithless, a straw blown in the wind. But how can you pray–really pray, I mean–with one against who you have a grudge or whom you have been discussing critically with another? Try it. You will find it cannot be done.”

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Hindrances to Prayer, Part 26 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #437)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:41 which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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

While the disciples were sleeping, they lost the benefit of joining in Christ’s prayer. “Watch yourselves, and pray yourselves. Watch and pray against this present temptation to drowsiness and security; pray that you may watch; beg of God by his grace to keep you awake, now that there is occasion.’’ When we are drowsy in the worship of God, we should pray, as a good Christian once did, “The Lord deliver me from this sleepy devil!’’ Lord, quicken thou me in thy way, Or, “Watch and pray against the further temptation you may be assaulted with; watch and pray lest this sin prove the inlet of many more.’’ When we find ourselves entering into temptation, we have need to watch and pray. Jesus kindly excused for them; “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We do not read of one word they had to say for themselves (the sense of their own weakness stopped their mouth); but then he had a tender word to say on their behalf, for it is his office to be an Advocate; in this he sets us an example of the love which covers a multitude of sins. He considered their frame, and did not chide them, for he remembered that they were but flesh; and the flesh is weak, though the spirit be willing.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You need to let your children see you pray. Your children need to see you pray through the good times and the bad times. They need to see you pray constantly. They need to see you pray without ceasing. Not only should your children see you pray, let them hear you pray. In other words, pray out loud. Let them hear you call out their names in prayer. Pray for them and with them. Yes, indeed, men, women, boys, and girls ought to pray because we need God in our lives to help us do what He wants done in the world.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.C. Sproul. He said: “Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to Him. Prayer changes us profoundly.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 26 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Unforgiveness Grieves God and Hinders Prayers

Unforgiveness in the heart of a Christian hinders the answer to his prayers. A grudge, a root of bitterness, or even hate, may be blocking the answer to your prayers.

In Matthew 6:9-13 we are given the model prayer, or the Lord’s Prayer. And in that model prayer the Saviour taught us to pray daily, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” And when the prayer was finished Jesus added this plain, sharp word of warning in Matthew 6:14-15:

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Here it is clearly taught in the solemn words of our Saviour that Christians who will not forgive others will not be heard when they ask for forgiveness. And when we come to pray that our Heavenly Father will take sins out of the way, will cleanse them and forgive them, not let them hinder our communion with Him or our service for Him, all our praying is useless unless we forgive others who may have wronged us.

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing “Waiting for a Prayer”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #377)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7-8 which reads: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “Don’t forget to pray today because God did not forget to wake you up this morning.”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Hindrances to Prayer, Part 25 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #436)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:41 which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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

Jesus gave them good counsel; Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. There was an hour of temptation drawing on, and very near; the troubles of Christ were temptations to his followers to disbelieve and distrust him, to deny and desert him, and renounce all relation to him. There was danger of their entering into the temptation, as into a snare or trap; of their entering into a parley with it, or a good opinion of it, of their being influenced by it, and inclining to comply with it; which is the first step toward being overcome by it.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You may ask me, Why do I need to pray more? My friend, isn’t it strange how that when God pours out His blessings upon us, instead of our getting more on fire for the Lord, we get cooler and cooler? And so, therefore, even with God’s blessings, you need to pray more. You need to understand that you don’t have the power to manage your life successfully. You need God’s direction, you need God’s power; you need His leadership in your life. No matter how much Bible you know, no matter how many Bible schools you have attended, you had better open your mouth and pray to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.C. Ryle. He said: “Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 25 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Your hot words may have cut some dear one to the heart, yet you have never confessed and asked forgiveness for that sin. You may have slandered some man of God, some innocent girl, or some thoughtless neighbor. I beg you, go be reconciled! Confess your wrong and earnestly try to make it right.

Someone hears me who has a mother or father far away. They long to hear from you. You have your own home, your own business, your own interests. They have now only memories of the past. How can God bless you who neglect heart-broken parents and cause grief to those who gave everything for you?

Dear Christian, many times I have had to write letters asking forgiveness, or write a check to pay an honest debt before I could have assurance that God would hear my prayers. Are your prayers hindered because there are those you have wronged with sins that you have never tried to undo? Then the Saviour said, “If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift..”

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “What if His People Prayed”

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 
 
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