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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 43 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #454)

06 Feb

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 22:45-46 which reads: “And when he [Jesus] rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

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

Every description which the evangelists give of the state of mind in which our Lord entered upon this conflict, proves the tremendous nature of the assault, and the perfect foreknowledge of its terrors possessed by the meek and lowly Jesus. Here are three things not in the other evangelists. 1. When Christ was in his agony, there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. It was a part of his humiliation that he was thus strengthened by a ministering spirit. 2. Being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Prayer, though never out of season, is in a special manner seasonable when we are in an agony. 3. In this agony his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down. This showed the travail of his soul. We should pray also to be enabled to resist unto the shedding of our blood, striving against sin, if ever called to it. When next you dwell in imagination upon the delights of some favourite sin, think of its effects as you behold them here! See its fearful effects in the garden of Gethsemane, and desire, by the help of God, deeply to hate and to forsake that enemy, to ransom sinners from whom the Redeemer prayed, agonized, and bled.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: We have to pray and ask God to help us to live right, to think right, and to act right. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot live the Christian life by myself, that is, in my own strength. And you can’t do it in your own strength, either. That is why we need to realize and pray as Zechariah did in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. Whether you know it or not, we cannot live this Christian life in our own power. We have got to allow Jesus Christ to live it through us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said: “The power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 43 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

A daughter was bitter over the death of her beloved mother. She complained and mourned and querulously asked, “Why? Why?” She felt that God had not been fair to her mother, had brought unnecessary suffering to herself; and there was rebellion in her heart against God. But the Bible lost its sweetness; the day-by-day conscious presence and fellowship with the Holy Spirit left her. God did not seem to hear her prayers, and doubts of every kind beset her. She could not find any peace until she confessed her sin to God and said, “Thy will be done,” about her mother’s death.

Beloved Christian, there is no way you can please God, no way you can have the sweet communion with Him to get your prayers answered if you are in rebellion against the known will of God.

Has God turned His face away from you as He did from Saul, refusing to hear your prayers or bless you because of a stubborn self-will that rebels against God’s plan for you? Oh, then I beg you, surrender today your poor will to God’s good will. Trust Him! His will for you is wiser and sweeter and richer, and happier than any way you could plan! And no matter what other trouble or grief or loss might come, in His will you may always have the consciousness of His approving presence with the Holy Spirit ungrieved, manifesting Himself to you, and with the daily knowledge that your prayers are heard!

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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