Hindrances to Prayer, Part 58 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #469)

13 Mar

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jonah 2:1 and 7 which reads: “Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly…When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.”

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

We observe here that Jonah also reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and God’s readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God in them. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, who might justly take his Holy Spirit from him, never to visit him more. Those only are miserable, whom God will no longer own and favour. But though he was perplexed, yet not in despair. Jonah reflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, and trusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to God. Those who forsake their own duty, forsake their own mercy; those who run away from the work of their place and day, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a believer copies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his own mercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah’s experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God of salvation.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God wants us, as we pray, to intercede for others, or to pray for others. Intercessory prayer takes our minds off ourselves and puts the needs of others at the center of our prayers. God blesses intercessory prayer. J. Gordon Henry, a powerful teacher of intercessory prayer, says: “Prayer enables God to do things He would otherwise not do. Prayer is not a means to get man’s will done in Heaven; rather, prayer is God’s ordained means for getting God’s will done in earth.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “While others still slept, He went away to pray and to renew His strength in communion with His Father. He had need of this, otherwise He would not have been ready for the new day. The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 58 of our series titled “HINDRANCES TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

You can know the sweet intimacy with God that you long for; you may know it this very day. You may then live a life of unhindered prayer and daily, glorious answers. So in the light of God’s Word, and submitting yourself to the searching of the Holy Spirit, I urge you today to confess honestly and to turn your heart away from every known sin and then claim the forgiveness and the cleansing which God has so freely promised to all of His own who confess their sins!

Is there nothing between your soul and the Saviour? Have you humbly searched your heart anew in the light of God’s Word, and found nothing to hinder your prayers? Oh, then, dear Christian, enter into your inheritance and begin the abundant life of prayer, asking and receiving that your joy may be full!

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing “If My People Prayed”

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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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