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Corrie ten Boom said: “What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #392)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Donald Whitney. He said, “Sometimes a failure to persist in prayer proves that we were not serious about our request in the first place. At other times God wants us to persist in prayer in order to strengthen our faith in Him. Faith would never grow if all prayers were answered immediately. Persistent prayer tends to develop deeper gratitude as well. As the joy of a baby’s birth is greater because of the months of anticipation, so is the joy of an answer to prayer after persistent praying. And as much as a generation that measures time in nanoseconds hates to admit its need for it, God crafts Christlike patience in us when He requires persistence in prayer.”

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 40 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #451)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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

God expects that his people who are called by his name, if they have dishonoured his name by their iniquity, should honour it by accepting the punishment of their iniquity. They must be humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favour of God; and yet all this will not do unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted. National mercy is then promised, that God will forgive their sin, which brought the judgment upon them, and then heal their land, redress all their grievances. Pardoning mercy makes ways for healing mercy.

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 S.D. Gordon. He said, “It may sound strange, but in its simplest meaning prayer has to do with conflict. Rightly understood it is the deciding factor in a spirit conflict…Prayer is man giving God a footing on the contested territory of this earth.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 40 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Self-will, Rebellion, and Disobedience Hinders Prayer

Dear Christian, I am probing in your heart and life trying to help you find the reasons for unanswered prayer. What sin of yours hinders your prayers and shuts out the blessing God would give you?

Self-will is another horrible sin which means that God cannot have His way in your life and cannot give you His best.

I recall the case in Saul, the first king of Israel, who was commanded to go out and utterly destroy the Amalekites. God said to him in 1 Samuel 15:3, “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass!” If that seems to you a hard command, then I remind you that you do not hate sin as God does. This wicked, idolatrous nation had long deserved extermination. God’s long-poured-out mercies had been rejected. If any of the nation were left alive, they would be a temptation and snare to Israel. Even their property should be destroyed as an awful reminder to Israel of how God hated sin and was certain to punish it.

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

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Evinda Lepins said: “Has someone or something pushed your anxiety button? Answer it with prayer!” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #391)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 27:8 which reads: “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “Prayer is as vast as God because He is behind it. Prayer is as mighty as God, because He has committed Himself to answer it.”

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Hindrances to Prayer, Part 39 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #450)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 16:24 which reads: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

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

Asking of the Father shows a sense of spiritual wants, and a desire of spiritual blessings, with conviction that they are to be had from God only. Asking in Christ’s name, is acknowledging our unworthiness to receive any favours from God, and shows full dependence upon Christ as the Lord our Righteousness. Our Lord had hitherto spoken in short and weighty sentences, or in parables, the import of which the disciples did not fully understand, but after his resurrection he intended plainly to teach them such things as related to the Father and the way to him, through his intercession. And the frequency with which our Lord enforces offering up petitions in his name, shows that the great end of the mediation of Christ is to impress us with a deep sense of our sinfulness, and of the merit and power of his death, whereby we have access to God. And let us ever remember, that to address the Father in the name of Christ, or to address the Son as God dwelling in human nature, and reconciling the world to himself, are the same, as the Father and Son are one.

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 Johannes Gossner. He said, “Prayer is a spiritual law which cooperates with the mind of God. It has more in it than merely petition. It clothes itself in reality and power,with the force of God Himself. It is an attitude of spirit and mind. Language is secondary in true prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 39 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Dallas, TX, a good Christian woman who had long proved how joyful and how prosperous it is to put God first with tithes and offerings, came to church one day with her heart all set on plans for some lovely clothes. Her husband’s bi-monthly paycheck had come Saturday night, and she had it in her purse at church, since he could not come. She thought to herself, “This one time I’ll not put in the tithe; I will give $1.00, and the rest of the money we can use so well for things we need to buy.”

But that dear Christian woman was on the committee to prepare the bread and grape juice for the communion table that Sunday morning. As she filled the little glasses her heart remembered the strict injunction, “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat.” She dared not partake of the emblems representing the poured-out blood of the Saviour and His broken body with any known sin or rebellion in her heart. And the Spirit of God spoke insistently to her about how she planned to withhold the tithes and use it for her own ends. She could have no peace in her heart; and she cried out to God, “O Heavenly Father, I cannot take the Lord’s Supper until I know You are pleased with me!” So she solemnly promised God, “Lord, if You’ll give me the joy in my heart again and let me know that You’ve forgiven me, that there is nothing between my soul and the Saviour, I promise You that before I leave the house of God today I’ll get that check cashed and turn in the tithe and offerings that I vowed to You that I would give.” And then in sweet peace and in rememberance of the death of our dear Saviour, she took the bread which pictured His poured-out blood. She came then to tell me, her pastor, of her victory; and the tears of joy rolled down her cheeks as she told it!

Oh, dear friend, God does not care so much about your money; He wants you. He wants your trust, your full surrender, your willingness to give Him anything, everything, even yourself! How grieved He must be if any child of His does not believe Him enough, does not love Him enough to put Him first in money matters!

Many, many Christians have their hearts so set on material possessions, on money, on business that God cannot answer their prayers. Are your prayers hindered by this sin? Would God have to say to you, “Ye are cursed with a curse because ye have robbed me”?

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Elisabeth Elliot said: “Cold prayers, like cold suitors, are seldom effective in their aims.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #390)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:5 which reads: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “Long, discursive, dry, and inane are the prayers in many pulpits. Without unction or heart, they fall like a killing frost on all the graces of worship. Death-dealing prayers they are. Every vestige of devotion has perished under their breath. The deader they are the longer they grow.”

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Hindrances to Prayer, Part 38 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #449)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Proverbs 15:29 which reads: “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

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

God sets himself at a distance from those who set him at defiance. The wicked shall be for ever banished from his presence and he will behold them afar off. He will draw nigh to those in a way of mercy who draw nigh to him in a way of duty.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: 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 Eben Alexander. He said: “Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it’s the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 38 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

I well know that the issue of tithes and offerings was first addressed to the Jews. I have heard long arguments that the tithe was commanded only for Jews. But that proportionate giving is as clearly commanded in the New Testament as in the Old. Abraham, the tither, the man of faith, is held up as an example to the New Testament Christians in this matter. And the New Testament examples who are greatly praised went far beyond the tithe, as we see in the case of the woman who put in two mites, in the case of the saints at Jerusalem after Pentecost, and the churches of Macedonia. Besides, the promises given in the Old Testament about liberality have been abundantly proved true by literally thousands of New Testament Christians. I know that it pays in dollars and cents to bring God the tithes and offerings. And I have proved God, and He has opened the windows of Heaven as He promised.

And why should God demand more of an Old Testament Jew under Law than of a New Testament Christian under grace? Should a Jew under law love God better? Should he trust Him further? Stealing, God-robbing, covetousness is the same wicked sin in New Testament times as it was in Old Testament times. And those who sing, “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” but do not love Him a dime’s worth out of a dollar will not get far in their praying. If you cannot trust God to supply your need and to repay you for all the tithes and offerings you bring in for Him, you have not much faith.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “City On Our Knees”

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Martin Luther said: “The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #389)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Micah 7:7 which reads: “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Matthew Henry. He said: “We read of preaching the Word out of season, but we do not read of praying out of season, for that is never out of season.”

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 
 
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