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John Wesley said: “Proceed with much prayer, and your way will be made plain.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #441)

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Our prayer motivator verses from the Word of God today are Matthew 4:1-4 which reads: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Selden. He said, “Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.”

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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 32 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

My personal encouragement today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: “God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer is answered.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 32 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness shows a lack of real enjoyment of God. We should honestly face the fact that most of us do not really enjoy prayer or we would pray more. We eat because we are hungry; the body demands food. We sleep because we are sleepy; the body demands rest. We visit people because we enjoy fellowship. If we work harder and the body needs more food, we hunger for it and then eat more. If we are specially in love with someone, we long more for his or her companionship and spend more hours in his or her presence when possible. When we are unusually worn and tired, the body demands more rest and we sleep longer if possible.

That simply illustrates the fact that if your heart were hungrier for God, you would pray more. If you really enjoyed His presence, you would seek it. If you enjoyed praying more than other things you do, you would do more praying and less reading or playing or eating or sleeping. Prayerlessness proves that we do not really enjoy God.

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

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 31 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #500)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

My personal encouragement today is this: There is great power through prayer to God. And there are great benefits from God in prayer. You will find as you trail through life that you will need God, and prayer invites God to work in, through, and for your life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a sense of God’s need in order to call on God’s help to meet that need.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 31 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

If a man kills somebody, that may show premeditated hate, deliberate murder, or it may show a sudden flare of temper in a fight, or it may show simply carelessness in driving. Or the killing may have been altogether accidental.

When a man gets drunk it may show that he is diseased, enslaved by habit, which is really a sickness. Such a man may deserve more pity than blame, and he may be otherwise generous, honest, loved and greatly respected by those who know him. When a person commits adultery it may show a long and deliberate course of sin and depravity, or it may simply be the result of a sudden gust of passion under unusual temptation, such as the person did not expect and under circumstances where most others might yield, too.

All these shocking outward sins show sin in the heart. But they do not reveal as much wickedness as the sin of prayerlessness, for the sin of prayerlessness reveals some shocking things about the state of the heart of all of us who do not pray constantly, who do not live in an attitude of unceasing prayer.

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Philip Yancey said: “Prayer is to the skeptic a delusion, a waste of time. To the believer it represents perhaps the most important use of time.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 15:8 which reads: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.I. Packer. He said, “We must learn to measure ourselves, not by our knowledge about God, not by our gifts and responsibilities in the church, but by how we pray and what goes on in our hearts. Many of us, I suspect, have no idea how impoverished we are at this level. Let us ask the Lord to show us.”

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 30 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #499)

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Our prayer motivator verse for 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.”

My personal encouragement today is this: I have noticed five hinderances that stand in the way of some Christians praying as they should. If you could only get over these five hurdles you would then pray more effectively and begin to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer to God. These five hurdles are: 1. Spiritual Inertia, 2. The Flesh, 3. Satan and his Demons, 4. Doubt and Unbelief, and 5. The “Busy”ness of life (the World). Don’t let these things hinder you.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Max Lucado. He said: “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 30 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

It is easy to see that people cannot be saved without the Gospel. The Bible so clearly says in Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” If no one goes to preach the Gospel and if sinners do not hear the Gospel, then those who might be saved will not be saved.

But it is equally true that if people go without prayer, their ministry will be ineffective, and in proportion as they pray themselves and they are lifted up to God in earnest prayer by others, their ministry will be powerfully moved by the Spirit of God to the saving of souls. It is utterly impossible to disconnect revival fire and prayer. It is utterly foolish to suppose anyone will have a fruitful ministry that is not held up to God by earnest prayer, either by the minister alone or by his own prayers joined to the prayers of others. Oh, how many poor, lost souls are in Hell today because someone did not pray!

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapmen singing “Let Us Pray”

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Thomas a Kempis said: “What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:14 which reads: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “To be much for God, we must be much with God. Jesus, that lone figure in the wilderness, knew strong crying, along with tears. Can one be moved with compassion and not know tears? Jeremiah was a sobbing saint. Jesus wept! So did Paul. So did John. Though there are some tearful intercessors behind the scenes, I grant you that to our modern Christianity, praying is foreign.”

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 29 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498)

Our prayer motivator verse for 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.”

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

How tenderly, and with what a cordial affection, he had behaved towards them in their afflictions: They were sick. Even the palaces and courts of princes are not exempt from the jurisdiction of death and the visitation of sickness. Now when these people were sick, David mourned for them and sympathized with them in their grief. They were not related to him; he was under no obligations to them; he would lose nothing by their death, but perhaps be a gainer by it; and yet he behaved himself as though they had been his nearest relations, purely from a principle of compassion and humanity. David was a man of war, and of a bold stout spirit, and yet was thus susceptible of the impressions of sympathy, forgot the bravery of the hero, and seemed wholly made up of love and pity; it was a rare composition of hardiness and tenderness, courage and compassion, in the same breast. Observe, He mourned as for a brother or mother, which intimates that it is our duty, and well becomes us, to lay to heart the sickness, and sorrow, and death of our near relations. Those that do not are justly stigmatized as without natural affection.

My personal encouragement today is this: No matter how long it takes to pray, no matter how difficult it is to pray, praying to God is the most important thing you can do in your day. It should be the #1 priority above everything else you have to do.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: “One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 29 of our series titled “THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In many, many cases when I have been used of God in a blessed revival campaign in some locality, one or two saintly Christians have told me, “I have been praying for two years that God would bring you here for these meetings,” or, “This campaign is the answer to my daily prayer for years.” Oh, if people would but pray, pray earnestly, pray effectively, pray with a holy abandon, God’s work would not languish. The decay in the churches, the cooling of revival fires, the lukewarmness in the churches are the fruit of our prayerlessness.

Countless souls go to Hell because we do not pray. Nothing could more sharply show the wickedness of prayerlessness than this: If Christians do not pray as they ought, many whom they might win will go to Hell.

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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