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Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #404)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God 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.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Chuck Colson. He said, “We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves.”

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 52 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #463)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 145:18 which reads: “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

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

Many children of God, who have been ready to fall into sin, to fall into despair, have tasted his goodness in preventing their falls, or recovering them speedily by his graces and comforts. And with respect to all that are heavy laden under the burden of sin, if they come to Christ by faith, he will ease them, he will raise them. He is very ready to hear and answer the prayers of his people. He is present every where; but in a special way he is nigh to them, as he is not to others. He is in their hearts, and dwells there by faith, and they dwell in him. He is nigh to those that call upon him, to help them in all times of need. He will be nigh to them, that they may have what they ask, and find what they seek, if they call upon him in truth and sincerity.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: A third reason why we faint in prayer is because of the onslaught of the devil. You see, the devil does not want you to pray. He will discourage you from praying. He will try to make you faint in prayer. But God will give you the grace to continue in prayer and God, of course, will deliver you, bless you, and answer your prayers.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Samuel M. Zwemer. He said: “Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret place of prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 52 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

If you want to get along with God and keep sweet fellowship and have your prayers answered, then you must judge your sins. You must honestly confess your sins and take sides with God against them. There must be a wholehearted repentance, that is, the turning of the will away from all the things that grieve God. Otherwise your will is dead set against the will of God.

You cannot ask anything in the name of Christ, you cannot pray in the Spirit, you cannot pray according to the Word of God, your own conscience will not allow you to believe that God will bless you while you have set your own will up as an idol, or when some secret sin has your heart’s devotion which ought to be given to God alone.

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing “Waiting for a Prayer”

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Vance Havner said: “If you can’t pray as you want to, pray as you can. God knows what you mean.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #403)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Finney. He said, “Some men will spin out a long prayer telling God who and what he is, or they pray out a whole system of divinity. Some people preach, others exhort the people, till everybody wishes they would stop, and God wishes so, too, most undoubtedly.”

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 51 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #462)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Acts 1:12-14 which reads: “Then returned they [the disciples] unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”

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

God can find hiding-places for his people. They made supplication. All God’s people are praying people. It was now a time of trouble and danger with the disciples of Christ; but if any is afflicted, let him pray; that will silence cares and fears. They had now a great work to do, and before they entered upon it, they were earnest in prayer to God for his presence. They were waiting for the descent of the Spirit, and abounded in prayer. Those are in the best frame to receive spiritual blessings, who are in a praying frame. Christ had promised shortly to send the Holy Ghost; that promise was not to do away with prayer, but to quicken and encourage it. A little company united in love, exemplary in their conduct, fervent in prayer, and wisely zealous to promote the cause of Christ, are likely to increase rapidly.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: A second reason why we faint in prayer is because of delay. We think that God is on our time and that He pays every Friday. But we must remind ourselves that God is on His own time and like the old preachers down in Georgia used to say: “God may not come when you want Him to but He’s always right on time.” Remember, a day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years is like one day to God. For those of you who have been saved a while, we know that time after time God has delivered us—right on time. When things seemed hopeless, God brought us through. He heard our prayer. Bank on it, dear friends, God wants to hear your prayer more than you want to pray. He delights in hearing us pray to Him. He wants to answer our prayers. He wants to bless us. He delights in blessing us. But, most importantly, He wants to hear from us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Adrian Rogers. He said: “The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 51 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

What does God say in Psalm 66:18? If I regard iniquity in my heart God will not hear me. I am a sinner, but, oh, I must not love sin. And if I hold any particular sin in my heart and love it, and make an alibi for it, and excuse it, and cover it up – then that becomes a cause of controversy between me and God. God hates sin, but God has a remedy for sin. I John 1:9 says, If we Christians confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So it is not primarily the fact of sin, but it is a love for sin, a willingness to sin, an excusing of sin that make it so God cannot answer our prayers.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Someone said: “When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles H. Brent. He said, “A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God.”

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Hindrances to Prayer, Part 50 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #461)

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 points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

God says, “There will I make myself known, and there will I be called upon.’’ He promised to answer the prayers of his people that should at any time be made in that place. National judgments are here supposed, famine, and pestilence, and perhaps war, for by the locusts devouring the land meant enemies as greedy as locusts, and laying all waste. National repentance, prayer, and reformation, are required. 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: There are three reasons we faint in prayer: (1) doubt; (2) delay; and (3) the devil. The devil tries to plant the seeds of doubt in our minds about this matter of prayer. He tries to cause doubt in our minds as to whether or not God is even hearing our prayer. He tries to plant doubt in our mind as to whether or not you are even worthy of praying. He tries to plant little doubts in our minds to keep us from praying and sometimes, unfortunately, he succeeds, and we don’t pray as we ought to pray. When the devil comes to you and tries to plant doubt in your mind about prayer, reject it, and pray anyway.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “There is power through prayer. For many Christians, prayer is nothing special, just something we’re supposed to do – go to church, tithe, read the Bible, pray. But prayer should be so much more than an item on our “to do” lists.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 50 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Any Unconfessed, Unlamented, Unrepented Sin, Grieves God and Hinders the Prayers of His Children

I have given you some sample cases where particular sins are mentioned in God’s Word as hindering our prayers. But I cannot mention every detail. God’s Spirit must do that for you. But let us find a general rule which you can apply to your own heart and life and find what grieves God.

In Psalm 66:18 are these solemn words, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”

I want you to notice what God did NOT say. God did not say that if I have sinned, He will not hear me. No, no! Thank God, He did not say that; for if He had then God could never hear a human being pray. For all of us have sinned. He did not even say that if at this moment there is any sin in the life, He would not hear us. For I John 1:8 teaches us plainly that all of us have (present tense) sin in our lives all the time. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The constant presence of human frailty, of bodily illness, the encroachments of age and infirmity, the limitations to our prayer and soul winning, all testify that we have sin, even now, and that we will have until we are translated when Jesus comes, or until we die. If Paul needed to say, “When I would do good, evil is present with me” (Rom. 7:21), so do the rest of us need to say it. I cannot come to God and ask anything of Him on the basis that I am sinless and perfect and that there is not in my heart, unknown to me, unseen to my neighbors, a single thing that is less than His best, a single thing that is not as pure as an angel or as Christ Himself. No, no! I am a sinner. But I can still get my prayers answered.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Say a Prayer”

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Beyonce said: “I’m not a preacher, but we can pray if we want to.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #401)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is I Samuel 12:23-24 which reads: “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Mark Batterson. He said, “I love leadership. I love discipleship. I love to preach. But it’s prayer that is central. When we change the way that we pray, everything changes. “

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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