Our prayer motivator verse for today is Philippians 4:6 which reads: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
Here is a caution against disquieting perplexing care: “Be careful for nothing”—the same expression that Matthew 6:25, “Take no thought for your life”; that is, avoid anxious care and distracting thought in the wants and difficulties of life. Observe, It is the duty and interest of Christians to live without care. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and consists in a wise forecast and due concern; but there is a care of diffidence and distrust which is our sin and folly, and which only perplexes and distracts the mind. “Be careful for nothing, so as by your care to distrust God, and unfit yourselves for his service.” As a sovereign antidote against perplexing care he recommends to us constant prayer. Observe, we must not only keep up stated times for prayer, but we must pray upon every particular emergency; we must join thanksgiving with our prayers and supplications; prayer is the offering up of our desires to God, or making them known to him; and the effect of this will be the peace of God keeping our hearts.
My personal encouragement to you today is this: Our world is changing in sometimes surprising and very destructive ways. Unless we, the people of God, stand together and form a firewall of intercessory prayer in our society, not only will God’s judgment destroy our country and our world, but our country and the world will begin to destroy itself from the inside out.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from O. Hallesby. He said: “There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, “May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence.””
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 36 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Covetousness Puts One Under a Curse and Hinders Prayer
Covetousness, too, is a most respectable sin and is found in the “best families.” But it is a sin that God hates terribly. It is literally idolatry, and the covetous man is an idolator. And God’s Word says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” That is, literally, that the love of money can lead to every kind of sin in the world.
Now the Scripture expressly says that covetousness is a sin that shuts the heavens against the Christian. In Malachi 3:7-9 we read:
“Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”
Here is a startling statement that men actually rob God. They do it in tithes and in offerings. The tithe is the Lord’s; not to give it is to rob God. The offerings also are the Lord’s; not to give them also robs God. And the Lord says, “Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”
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