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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 21 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #432)

12 Dec

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 14:23 which reads: “And when he [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone”

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

Christ sent the people away. It intimates somewhat of solemnity in the dismissing of them; he sent them away with a blessing, with some parting words of caution, counsel, and comfort, which might abide with them. He constrained the disciples to go into a ship first, for till they were gone the people would not stir. The disciples were loth to go, and would not have gone, if he had not constrained them. They were loth to go to sea without him. If thy presence go not with us, carry us not up hence. They were loth to leave him alone, without any attendance, or any ship to wait for him; but they did it in pure obedience.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: With all of the calamities and disasters that are happening in the world today, I am quite sure that you will agree that we are living in praying times. And the best way to combat crime, violence, immorality, family breakdown, natural disasters, wars, and Satan’s efforts to lead millions astray is prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said: “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 21 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

I long to see the kind of Christian lives that prove honest repentance! Zacchaeus, converted as he slid down a sycamore tree to face Jesus, made sudden high resolves that showed that he meant business. Luke 19:8 says, “Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” He meant that beginning that very moment he would try to make right the wicked sins of his career as a crooked tax-collector. No wonder that Jesus said, “This day is salvation come to this house.”

Oh, what zeal we ought to have about making wrongs right!

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing “If My People Pray”

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