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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 30 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #441)

05 Jan

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Mark 1:35 which reads: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

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

We notice from this verse, the place where Jesus prayed; He departed into a solitary place, either out of town, or some remote garden or out-building. Though he was in no danger of distraction, or of temptation to vain-glory, yet he retired, to set us an example to his own rule, When thou prayest enter into thy closet. Secret prayer must be made secretly. Those that have the most business in public, and of the best kind, must sometimes be alone with God; must retire into solitude, there to converse with God, and keep up communion with him. The disciples thought they were up early, but found their Master was up before them, and they enquired which way he went, followed him to his solitary place, and there found him at prayer.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: I believe it is a crime for husbands to leave home each morning and not pray with your family. Why? Because as far as I am concerned, you leave your family unprotected against the attacks of the devil. I thank God for good Godly women. But I have found out that many Christian women will not pray as much as they should if that man is not leading in prayer. Why? Because God has put something in that woman to really want to follow her husband. The Christ in her wants to follow her husband. And so, husbands, you have to lead in the spiritual discipline of prayer. Husbands, you not only have to pray for your family, you also have to pray with your family. Wives, you need to pray for your husband and you both must pray with and for your children.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Author Unknown. He said: “There are three degrees in prayer. The lowest is that spoken only by the lips. The next is when, by a resolute effort, we succeed in fixing our thoughts on Divine things. The third is when the soul finds it hard to turn away from God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 30 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Matthew 18:21-35 is a remarkable teaching of our Saviour about the need for Christians to forgive others and of how God hates the wicked sin of unforgiveness.

How many times shall we forgive one who sins against us? Peter thought seven times would be the perfect number; but Jesus answered back, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” And when you have forgiven the same person 490 times, no doubt you will have lost count and will have conquered that wicked disposition to temper and bitterness in your own heart!

In this parable, the Saviour illustrates our awful debt to God by the man who owed his king 10,000 talents. Ten thousand talents would be nearly twenty million dollars if they were silver talents, nearly three hundred million dollars if the talents were gold. In either case it would be an unpayable amount, no doubt beyond the capacity of any man living in the world at that time. So great is our sin toward God which needs forgiveness!

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

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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