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F.B. Meyer said: “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #435)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Micah 7:7 which reads: “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said, “The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing.”

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 26 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #494)

Our prayer motivator verses for today is Psalm 5:2-3 which reads: “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

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

God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David’s enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Dedicated prayer with your family will be the most difficult thing you will do in your life, and the devil will fight against you on this like nothing else. But prayer is a fight you must win for the glory of God and for your family. Men, as I Corinthians 16:13 says, “Quit yourself like a man” and lead your family into victorious spiritual warfare!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John F. Walvoord. He said: “In prayer we can approach God with complete assurance of His ability to answer us. There is no limit to what we can ask, if it is according to His will.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 26 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

It seems likely that Abraham’s prayer saved Lot alive out of Sodom. And we know God heard the prayers of Esther and her maidens and of Mordecai and his friends to save the lives of the Jews who were to be destroyed by Haman’s conspiracy, as told in the book of Esther. God would stop war and give us victory sooner if we prayed as we ought, saving millions of lives.

So, because of our prayerlessness we miss many, many blessings. People are sick when they might be well. Some die when they might live. Businesses fail when they might prosper. And people go hungry and without proper clothing who might be covered and fed to the glory of God if they would but pray.

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

 
 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 25 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #494)

Our prayer motivator passage for today is II Chronicles 33:10-13 which reads: “And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.”

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

We notice from this passage that Manasseh prayed to God for the pardon of sin and the return of his favour. Prayer is the relief of penitents, the relief of the afflicted. That is a good prayer, and very pertinent in this case, which we find among the apocryphal books, entitled, The prayer of Manasses, king of Judah, when he was held captive in Babylon. Whether it was his or no is uncertain; if it was, in it he gives glory to God as the God of their fathers and their righteous seed, as the Creator of the world, a God whose anger is insupportable, and yet his merciful promise unmeasurable. He pleads that God has promised repentance and forgiveness to those that have sinned, and has appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved, not unto the just, as to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but to me (says he) that am a sinner; for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea: so he confesses his sin largely, and aggravates it. He prays, Forgive me, O Lord! forgive me, and destroy me not; he pleads, Thou art the God of those that repent, and concludes, Therefore I will praise thee for ever, etc.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: It is a crime for a man to leave his wife and children in the morning without spending serious time with them in prayer. Sir, the greatest thing that you can do for your family is make it your business to pray with them each day, preferably early in the morning, but any time of the day will work. In the spirit of Nike, “Just Do It!”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Watchman Nee. He said: “Negligence in prayer withers the inner man. Nothing can be a substitute for it, not even Christian work. Many are so preoccupied with work that they allow little time for prayer. Hence they cannot cast out demons. Prayer enables us first inwardly to overcome the enemy and then outwardly to deal with him.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 25 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The Bible does not teach that one who prays may live forever, without dying, but it certainly does teach that many die prematurely when they might live longer with great blessing if they had prayed.

Likewise, other people die because we do not pray. For example, God had planned to destroy the whole nation of Israel and make of Moses and his family a new nation; but Moses prayed and God forgave them and did not do “the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing “Have a Little Talk with Jesus”

 
 

Paul Cho said: “Nothing you can do will benefit you more than prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #433)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 35:13 which reads: “But as for me, when they [my enemies] were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jim Forest. He said, “A good image of persistence in prayer is this: it is like your love for your children — you take care of them and their needs no matter how you happen to be feeling at the moment.”

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Someone said: “Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #432)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:15 which reads: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Russel H. Conwell. He said, “When a man has done all he can do, still there is a mighty, mysterious agency over which he needs influence to secure success. The one way he can reach it is by prayer.”

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 23 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #492)

Our prayer motivator passage for today is II Chronicles 33:10-13 which reads: “And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.”

My personal encouragement to you today is this: May I lovingly encourage you to pray, pray, pray: pray for yourself, pray for your neighbour, pray for those who are already saved, pray for our governmental officials; pray for souls to be saved. And if, perhaps you are not saved, pray and ask God to save your soul. God loves you more than you love yourself and He wants to save you, so that you can begin your own prayerful relationship with Him. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Michael Youssef. He said: “The prayers that seek to glorify God, to honor Him, to further the work of His kingdom, to transform the hearts of nonbelievers, to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, and to reveal His majesty–those are the prayers that are most powerful.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 23 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Israel wandered forty years in the wilderness before entering the land of promise, which they could have had, which God wanted them to have, before. I waited to marry until I had finished college and paid up school debts, and then my bride told me she would have married me before if I had asked her! So much of the poverty and frustration and lack of victory and joy comes to Christians simply because they do not pray. Oh, the results of prayerlessness!

Many Christians die prematurely because they do not pray. There are a number of Bible examples of this. Second Chronicles 16:12, 13 tells us, “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.” Asa was sick. In his disease “he sought not to the Lord but to the physicians,” and he died. The clear implication is that had he prayed, he would have lived.

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing “Waiting for a Prayer”

 
 

Anthony Robbins said: “Begin to live as though your prayers are already answered.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #431)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:15 which says: “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles L. Allen. He said, “I am one who believes that with God nothing is hopeless – that all things are possible through prayer.”

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 
 
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