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Frederick Denison Maurice said: “The Lord’s Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #427)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 145:18, which reads: “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Ever Garrison. He said, “Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him – you try too hard, friend – drop to your knees and listen to him, he’ll hear you better that way.”

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #487)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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

While in the Garden of Gethsemane, preparing to be betrayed by Judas, Jesus gave his disciples good counsel: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” There was an hour of temptation drawing on, and very near; the troubles of Christ were temptations to his followers to disbelieve and distrust him, to deny and desert him, and renounce all relation to him. There was danger of their entering into the temptation, as into a snare or trap; of their entering into a parley with it, or a good opinion of it, of their being influenced by it, and inclining to comply with it; which is the first step toward being overcome by it. He therefore exhorts them to watch and pray; Watch with me, and pray with me.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Prayer is like any other important discipline in the Christian life. If you don’t do it, you won’t reap the benefits and blessings that God wants you to have. If you want to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer, then you need to Just Pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A.Torrey. He said: “Every true revival . . . has had its earthly origin in prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 18 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

When saintly men got together at Antioch—Barnabus, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul—they ministered to the Lord and fasted until the Holy Ghost said, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” And then we are told they prayed more and fasted more, “And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”

That is the secret of all great missionary movements. “Prayer,” “ministering to the Lord,” “fasting,” and again “prayer and fasting!” All of our alibis for the lack of the power of the Spirit of God which was manifest in New Testament times can properly be ignored. The real difference between New Testament churches and the churches of today, between New Testament preachers and the preachers of today, between New Testament Christians and the Christians of today is in the matter of prayer and the power that comes through prayer!

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

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #486)

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:

Here we also have David’s exhortation to others to converse with God. “Pour out your heart before him.” The expression seems to allude to the pouring out of the drink-offerings before the Lord. When we make a penitent confession of sin our hearts are therein poured out before God. But here it is meant of prayer, which, if it be as it should be, is the pouring out of the heart before God. We must lay our grievances before him, offer up our desires to him with all humble freedom, and then entirely refer ourselves to his disposal, patiently submitting our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. What encouragement he gives us to take this good counsel: “God is a refuge for us,” not only my refuge, but a refuge for us all, even as many as will flee to him and take shelter in him. He cautions us to take heed of misplacing our confidence, in which, as much as in any thing, the heart is deceitful. Those that trust in God truly will trust in him only, and will humbly offer up prayers to Him.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You will never “find” time to pray, you must choose to “make” time to pray. The devil will try to keep you back from praying by bringing things to your mind that you may need to do but that can wait until later to be done. Don’t let the devil talk you out of praying to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Billy Graham. He said: “The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Bible times the Temple was literally “a house of prayer,” and was intended to be that for all people. Bible Christians fasted, they prayed in sackcloth, they wept while they prayed, they often watched all night in prayer. Paul and Silas prayed at midnight in the jail at Philippi. A little group at the home of Mary prayed long hours until Peter was released from jail.

Before Pentecost the apostles and Mary and the brothers of Jesus and some others “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,” until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them as promised. Later when the apostles called for some deacons to take over the business of waiting on poor widows they promised, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” — prayer first, preaching second!

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer Changes Things”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Someone said: “Prayer does not denote weakness, it denotes the acceptance of strength from the only One Who can give it.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #426)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:19 which says: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Joni Eareckson Tada. She said, “Like art, like music, like so many other disciplines, prayer can only be appreciated when you actually spend time in it. Spending time with the Master will elevate your thinking. The more you pray, the more will be revealed. You will appreciate not only the greatness of prayer, but the greatness of God.”

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #485)

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:

Here we have David’s exhortation to others to trust in God and wait upon him, and [to pour out their hearts in prayer,] as he had done. Those that have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves will invite others into those ways; there is enough in God for all the saints to draw from, and we shall have never the less for others sharing with us. He counsels all to wait upon God, as he did. Observe that to whom he gives this good counsel: You people (that is, all people); all shall be welcome to trust in God, for he is the confidence of all the ends of the earth. You people of the house of Israel (so the Chaldee); they are especially engaged and invited to trust in God, for he is the God of Israel; and should not a people seek unto their God? We also notice the good counsel which he gives — to confide in God. We must have a habitual confidence in God always, must live a life of dependence upon him, must so trust in him at all times as not at any time to put that confidence in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only; and we must have an actual confidence in God upon all occasions, trust in him upon every emergency, to guide us when we are in doubt, to protect us when we are in danger, to supply us when we are in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work, and to answer our prayers.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Many people do not like to pray because prayer to God will convict you to get sin out of your life. In order to effectively get through to God in prayer, we must be willing to confess and repent of our sins and allow God to create within us a clean heart so that He will not only hear us but answer us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Melvyn Faith. He said: “To make the most of your time, take time to PRAY.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The best example of prayer that we should follow is Jesus Christ. Great multitudes came together to hear Him and to be healed. Luke 5:16 says, “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” In the next chapter in Luke 6:12 we are told, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

And most of us forget that when Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, and was glorified before the disciples, He had gone there to pray, and “as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered,” Luke 9:28-29 tells us. Most of us have forgotten that Jesus was praying when the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray and He gave the Lord’s Prayer. It was Jesus’ praying that led to the great confession by Peter that Jesus was “the Christ of God,” as you see in Luke 9:18-21. When Jesus said to His Father in John 11:42, “I knew that thou hearest me always,” He must have meant, too, that He prayed always.

God forgive us that we do not pray as Jesus prayed. Our prayerlessness shows how we ignore God’s commands to pattern after Jesus.

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

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

John Flavel said: “That which begins not with prayer, seldom winds up with comfort.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #425)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 16:11 which reads: “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jerry Bridges. He said, “The great antidote to anxiety is to come to God in prayer. We are to pray about everything. Nothing is too big for Him to handle, and nothing is too small to escape His attention.”

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #484)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7-11 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

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

God knows what we need and He encourages our prayers and expectations. We may hope that we shall not be denied and disappointed: we shall not have a stone for bread, to break our teeth, nor a serpent for a fish, to sting us; we have reason indeed to fear it, because we deserve it, but God will be better to us than the desert of our sins. The world often gives stones for bread, and serpents for fish, but God never does; nay, we shall be heard and answered, for children are by their parents. God has put into the hearts of parents a compassionate inclination to succour and supply their children, according to their need. Even those that have had little conscience of duty, yet have done it, as it were by instinct. No law was ever thought necessary to oblige parents to maintain their legitimate children, nor, in Solomon’s time, their illegitimate ones. He has assumed the relation of a Father to us, and owns us for his children; that from the readiness we find in ourselves to relieve our children, we may be encouraged to apply ourselves to him for relief and answers to prayer. What love and tenderness fathers have are from him; not from nature but from the God of nature; and therefore they must needs be infinitely greater in himself.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: In this life, you will need to learn to pray when you feel like praying and pray even when you don’t.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Richard J. Foster. He said: “Prayer involves transformed passions. In prayer, real prayer, we begin to think God’s thoughts after Him: to desire the things He desires, to love the things He loves, to will the things He wills.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 15 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

For a final proof that prayerlessness is a sin, we need but examine the records concerning Bible Christians. How they prayed! If those who pleased God best prayed continually, prayed persistently, prayed through gloriously, then surely we sin when we do not pattern after them.

The best example is Jesus Himself. We are told in Matthew 14:23 that “he went up into a mountain apart to pray.” People brought Him little children that Matthew 19:13 tells us, “he should put his hands on them, and pray.” In the Garden of Gethsemane He said, “Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” “He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed,” according to Mark 1:35. God forgive us that we do not pray as Jesus prayed.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “Pray”

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 
 
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