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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 42 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #453)

04 Feb

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 5:2 which reads: “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.”

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

God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David’s enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: We ought to pray because every now and then, we have to get down on our knees and confess our sins, faults, and failures to God. Now I know that some of you listening to me do not do bad things, but I have done some bad things in my life and every now and then, I have to get down on my knees and confess my sins before God in prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.S. Lewis. He said: “Even if all the things that people prayed for happened – which they do not – this would not prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. Invariable “success” in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic – a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 42 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

If there is a single matter, then, about which God has a controversy with you, I beg you, dear Christian, surrender your will at once, repent of your wicked rebellion, your self-will, your insistent disobedience. It is more important to hearken to God, to obey from the heart, than to give money, to sing, to pray, to preach, or toil. It is a sad, sad fact that many active church people, some, no doubt, really born again, live at a far, guilty distance from the conscious presence of God and do not know the constant joy of answered prayer.

God called one man to preach; and he said, “Lord, I have no money to go to school. I must take care of my family. Lord, I’m too ignorant. But I will be a Sunday-school superintendent.” But God would not use him as a Sunday-school superintendent. God did not want work for its own sake; he wanted obedience.

A young friend of mine felt clearly led of God to preach the Gospel. He had been only to the eighth grade in school, was now married, and felt his ignorance, his limitations, his poverty would hinder him. It was a long fight of unbelief that God could use him, of rebellion against the long years of preparation, of holding on to the career and money-making he had planned. But at last when he had surrendered tearfully to the full will of God, this young preacher told me, “Brother Rice, if I do not preach, I can’t even live like a Christian!” He meant that God would not give him happiness, would not answer his prayers if he did not surrender to the full will of God.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Pray”

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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