Robert Speer said, “The evangelization of the world in this generation depends first of all upon a revival of prayer.”
Our prayer motivator passage 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 an Unknown Author. He said, “Prayer and missions are as inseparable as faith and works, because it is by prayer that the laborers must be provided. ‘Pray ye …therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send forth laborers into His harvest.’ We think of laborers too often as being just those who have gone out on the ﬁelds. Those of us who pray are laborers too, and such laborers are also needed.”
TODAY’S POEM: “Today Thy Mercy Calls Me” by Oswald Allen
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Job 16:16-17 which reads: “My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.”
Our featured prayer motivator quote is from W. Sheffler. He said: “When we are on our knees, then light flashes; then the intellect is clarified; then the conscience is aroused; then the spiritual sensibilities are quickened; and we can learn more of our duty and of His will than in hours of argumentation.”
My personal encouragement for you today is this: You need to let your children see you pray. Your children need to see you pray through the good times and the bad times. They need to see you pray constantly. They need to see you pray without ceasing. Not only should your children see you pray, let them hear you pray. In other words, pray out loud. Let them hear you call out their names in prayer. Pray for them and with them. Yes, indeed, men, women, boys, and girls ought to pray because we need God in our lives to help us do what He wants done in the world.
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “THE HINDRANCES TO TRUE PRAYER” part 9 from the book, “Purpose in Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
“Our lives not only give colour to our praying, but they give body to it as well. Bad living makes bad praying. We pray feebly because we live feebly. The stream of praying cannot rise higher than the fountain of living. the closet force is made up of the energy which flows from the confluent streams of living. The feebleness of living throws its faintness into closet homes. We cannot talk to God strongly when we have not lived for God strongly. The closet cannot be made holy to God when the life has not been holy to God. The Word of God emphasises our conduct as giving value to our praying. ‘Then shalt thou call and the Lord shalt answer, Thou shalt cry and He shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth the finger, and speaking vanity.'”
W.H. Griffith Thomas said, “Prayer makes real the presence of God, and in that presence “the will of God” becomes clear and asserts its complete yet blessed authority.”
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is James 5:16 which reads: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Chalmers Burns. He said, “The great fundamental error then, as far as I can see, in the economy of the Christian life, which many, and alas, I for one commit, is that of having too few and too short periods of solemn retirement with our gracious Father and his adorable Son Jesus Christ.”
TODAY’S POEM: “Turn from the World to Jesus” by Daniella Whyte
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Job 15:3-4 which reads: “Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.”
Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Ivan Plummer. He said: “In order for prayer to be acceptable to God, it must be coupled with a purpose to forsake all known sins. So what we need to understand most seriously is that sin allowed in the heart becomes a fatal hindrance to prayers being answered.”
My personal encouragement for you today is this: You may ask me, Why do I need to pray more? My friend, isn’t it strange how that when God pours out His blessings upon us, instead of our getting more on fire for the Lord, we get cooler and cooler? And so, therefore, even with God’s blessings, you need to pray more. You need to understand that you don’t have the power to manage your life successfully. You need God’s direction, you need God’s power; you need His leadership in your life. No matter how much Bible you know, no matter how many Bible schools you have attended, you had better open your mouth and pray to God.
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “THE HINDRANCES TO TRUE PRAYER” part 8 from the book, “Purpose in Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
“Men would pray better if they lived better. They would get more from God if they lived more obedient and well pleasing to God. We would have more strength and time for the Divine work of intercession if we did not have to expend so much strength and time settling up old scores and paying our delinquent taxes. Our spiritual liabilities are so greatly in excess of our spiritual assets that our closet time is spent in taking out a decree of bankruptcy instead of being the time of great spiritual wealth for us and for others. Our closets are too much like the sign, ‘Closed for Repairs.'”
Tryon Edwards said, “Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. True prayer always receives what it asks, or something better.”
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 14:23 which reads: “And when he [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Thomas Brooks. He said, “If you would have God hear you when you pray, you must hear him when he speaks. He stops his ears against the prayers of those who stop their ears against his laws.”
TODAY’S POEM: “Dear Lord, We Pray” by Mary Willcox
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Job 8:5-7 which reads: “If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.”
Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Robert E. Woods. He said: “We don’t thank God enough for much that He has given us. Our prayers are too often the beggar’s prayer, the prayer that asks for something. We offer too few prayers of thanksgiving and of praise.”
My personal encouragement for you today is this: Prayer is the only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.
Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “THE HINDRANCES TO TRUE PRAYER” part 7 from the book, “Purpose in Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
“Prayer is a rare gift, not a popular, ready gift. Prayer is not the fruit of natural talents; it is the product of faith, of holiness, of deeply spiritual character. Men learn to. pray as they learn to love. Perfection in simplicity, in humility in faith—these form its chief ingredients. Novices in these graces are not adepts in prayer. It cannot be seized upon by untrained hands; graduates in heaven’s highest school of art can alone touch its finest keys, raise its sweetest, highest notes. Fine material, free finish are requisite. Master workmen are required, for mere journeymen cannot execute the work of prayer.”
Martin Luther said, “To pray well is the better half of study.”
Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which reads: “Pray without ceasing.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Chrysostom. He said, “You can set up an altar to God in your minds by means of prayer. And so it is fitting to pray at your trade, on a journey, standing at a counter or sitting at your handicraft.”