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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 31 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #442)

08 Jan

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Romans 8:26, which reads: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

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

Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over all discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of the spirit, the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You will not get genuine happiness from your spouse or from other people, but you will get it from obeying the Lord, and prayer will help you to be consistent in obeying God and hence have continual happiness in your life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M.Bounds. He said: “The ministry of prayer, if it be anything worthy of the name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and after his holiness.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 31 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The sins of one against another is represented by the Saviour in the parable in Matthew 18:21-35 by the debt of one hundred pence. And the servant who had been forgiven 10,000 talents took his fellowservant by the throat saying, “Pay me that thou owest,” and would not give him time, but cast him into prison until he should pay that trifling debt of a hundred pence, when he himself had been forgiven 10,000 talents that he owed!

How trifling, how insignificant are all the sins that anybody ever did against us compared to our horrible sins against God all the days of our lives! This parable tells us how God sees the sin of unforgiveness.

And note the punishment of the wicked servant. Jesus said, “And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.”

Here the king delivered the evil servant “to the tormentors.” And then Jesus warns Simon Peter and the other disciples, in a lesson which is meant for us Christians, “So likewise shall my heavenly father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” God will deliver His own children over to tormentors, will allow their hearts to be miserable, their lives to be unhappy, their prayers to be blocked, their homes to be accursed, if they do not forgive others! The Lord does not mean that saved people will lose their salvation and go to Hell because of unforgiveness, but He certainly does mean that here in this life they will miss many, many blessings and suffer torment of soul because of the horrible sin of unforgiveness. And how ashamed they will be when they face Jesus!

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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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