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Hindrances to Prayer, Part 49 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #460)

20 Feb

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

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

Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: If there ever was a time to pray in the history of our world, that time is now. We need to pray. We ought to pray. It is best for us to pray. This is indeed a praying time. “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” I guarantee you that many of you on some occasion in your Christian walk have felt like fainting.You felt like giving up. But God does not want us to give up. He wants us to continue to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “There is no way that Christians, in a private capacity, can do so much to promote the work of God and advance the kingdom of Christ as by prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 49 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

A mother wrote in the flyleaf of her son’s Bible when he went away from home, “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.” The Christian who loses interest in the Bible, cannot find time to read it, or takes exceptions to some of its teachings, may well search his heart, for in that heart are things that grieve God, that block God’s blessing, and make even his prayers an abomination to God.

Every Christian, then, should long for and earnestly seek a delightful familiarity, an unceasing interest in the Word of God. Set apart a time early in the day, I beg you, when you read the Scriptures, several chapters if possible, and meditate over them prayerfully, longing to find the mind of God, willingly surrendering yourself to all that you find in God’s Word. If you surrender yourself, and do not rush, but meditate on the Word of God, you will find prayer forming in your heart. It is a prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit, a prayer that God will be pleased to hear. George Muller, the great English man of prayer, founder of the Bristol orphan houses, tells of the new ease and joy in prayer he had when he began first to read the Bible before prayer every day and let his prayers begin out of what the Spirit whispered in his heart as he read the Word of God. A daily quiet time of reading the Word of God, memorizing it, subjecting oneself to the searching, probing, judging, purifying action of God’s Word, will mean rich prosperity in your prayer life. But “he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free singing “Praying Man”

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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