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Francois Fenelon said: “Even if no command to pray had existed, our very weakness would have suggested it.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #417)


Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:6 which reads: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Elisabeth Elliot. She said, “Silence, as someone has said, is the mother of prayer and the nurse of holy thoughts. Silence cuts down on our sins, doesn’t it? We can’t be sinning in so many different ways if we are being quiet before God. Silence nourishes patience, charity, discretion.”

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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #476)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 1 Samuel 1:10 and 15 which reads: “And [Hannah] was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore…And Hannah answered [Eli] and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.”

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

Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire…Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart’s ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.

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 F.F. Bruce. He said: “Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don’t like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Note the measure of our sin of prayerlessness. We ought to pray all the time, never ceasing. Anything less than constant prayer is thus disobedience and sin. If for a short season we do not pray as we ought, then we have sinned. And if that sinful disregard of prayer continues, with small intermissions, through hours and days and weeks and months, even years — as is true in the lives of many Christians — then prayerlessness is a long extended sin, is habitual sin, is veritably a life of sin.

Long continued prayerlessness is the same kind of extended sin that drunkenness or the dope habit is, in that it is repeated, extended and habitual.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing “Prayers of the Righteous”

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

E.M. Bounds said: “Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #416)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:26-28 which reads: ” Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Duncan Campbell. He said, “How many there are whose lives are weak and whose service is poor and ineffective, just because they have not zealously guarded the time and place of prayer!”

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #475)

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 our wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: With all of the calamities and disasters that are happening in the world today, I am quite sure that you will agree that we are living in praying times. And the best way to combat crime, violence, immorality, family breakdown, natural disasters, wars, and Satan’s efforts to lead millions astray is prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from David Jeremiah. He said: “Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 6 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The Christian is commanded to put on the whole armor of God: the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the Gospel of peace; the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

There are many commands in the Bible that Christians should pray. Jesus warns His disciples more than once to watch and pray lest they enter into temptation.

We see repeatedly that God tells the Christian to pray without ceasing, that men ought always to pray and not give up, praying always with all prayer. Any violation of God’s plain commands is a sin. When we do not pray we are rebels and disobedient children.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel Whyte III singing “Pray”

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Someone said: “God will never force you to pray but He can do nothing for you until you pray.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #415)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from David Dickson. He said, “None do seek the Lord so earnestly, but they have need of stirring up to seek him more earnestly; neither have any attained to such a measure of communion with God, but they have need to seek for a further measure.”

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Someone said: “Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #414)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which reads: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from D.L. Moody. He said, “The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered.”

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #473)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 14:13-14 reads, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

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

Whatever we ask in Christ’s name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To ask in Christ’s name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit of Christ’s mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the Divine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer for ever.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Here are 4 ways to pray for others from Dr. J. Gordon Henry — 1. Ask that the person become an effective prayer warrior in their own right. 2. Ask that God’s hand be upon him in physical and material things. 3. Ask that the person learn to praise the Lord. 4. Ask that the person begin to reach out to the unsaved.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Curtis Hutson. He said: “When praying for the Lord’s will about something questionable, don’t give up if you don’t receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayer, in the sense of asking God for things as directly as a woman goes to the grocery store with her basket for groceries, or as a motorist drives into the gas station for gas and oil, or as a child says, “Pass the bread, please,” — I say real prayer, definite, direct, determinedly going to God to get things, is an unknown and inexperienced process to most Christians. And this prayerlessness is back of all the fruitlessness, powerlessness, and joylessness in the average Christian life.

The disciples begged Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They did not say, “Lord, teach us HOW to pray.” They simply asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Oh, that the people of God would forsake their sin of prayerlessness and get down to prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing “Pray On”

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 
 
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