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The Prayer Motivator Minute #830

Iyanla Vanzant said, “There are important steps in attaining a closer relationship with God. One of them is prayer. Prayer is a powerful step and powerful process.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 18:1 which says: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Bill Johnson. He said, “Persistence in prayer doesn’t change God. It shapes us for the answer.”

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer, Character, and Conduct, Part 2 (TPMD Bus 2 – #688)

POEM: “As For Me” by Deborah Ann Belka

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 38:5 which reads: “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Jennifer Maggio. She said, “It is a great privilege to cry out to our Heavenly Father when our heart is overwhelmed and know that He is our safe refuge. He sees those times when we are exhausted and feel you we cannot press on. He sees when we have lost sleep over a difficult decision. And He is faithful to send someone at the perfect time who is honored to pray just for you.”

My personal encouragement for 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 devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND CHARACTER AND CONDUCT” part 2 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

In the study of Paul’s Epistles, there is one thing which stands out, clearly and unmistakably — the insistence on holiness of heart, and righteousness of life. Paul does not seek, so much, to promote what is termed “personal work,” nor is the leading theme of his letters deeds of charity. It is the condition of the human heart and the blamelessness of the personal life, which form the burden of the writings of St. Paul.

Elsewhere in the Scriptures, too, it is character and conduct which are made preeminent. The Christian religion deals with men who are devoid of spiritual character, and unholy in life, and aims so to change them, that they become holy in heart and righteous in life. It aims to change bad men into good men; it deals with inward badness, and works to change it into inward goodness. And it is just here where prayer enters and demonstrates its wonderful efficacy and fruit. Prayer drives toward this specific end. In fact, without prayer, no such supernatural change in moral character, can ever be effected. For the change from badness to goodness is not wrought “by works of righteousness which we have done,” but according to God’s mercy, which saves us “by the washing of regeneration.” And this marvellous change is brought to pass through earnest, persistent, faithful prayer. Any alleged form of Christianity, which does not effect this change in the hearts of men, is a delusion and a snare.

The office of prayer is to change the character and conduct of men, and in countless instances, has been wrought by prayer. At this point, prayer, by its credentials, has proved its divinity. And just as it is the office of prayer to effect this, so it is the prime work of the Church to take hold of evil men and make them good. Its mission is to change human nature, to change character, influence behaviour, to revolutionize conduct. The Church is presumed to be righteous, and should be engaged in turning men to righteousness. The Church is God’s manufactory on earth, and its primary duty is to create and foster righteousness of character. This is its very first business. Primarily, its work is not to acquire members, nor amass numbers, nor aim at money-getting, nor engage in deeds of charity and works of mercy, but to produce righteousness of character, and purity of the outward life.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #829

Bill Johnson said, “Being alone with God is a reminder of priorities. Quiet time forces busyness to find its victims elsewhere.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:25-26 which reads: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Robert Velarde. He said, “Prayer is not magic. We cannot summon God as though He were a genie, waiting to grant our wishes without regard for our circumstances or the consequences.”

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Prayer, Character, and Conduct, Part 1 (TPMD Bus 2 – #687)

POEM: “Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright” by James Montgomery

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 38:5 which reads: “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from George Muller. He said, “I have joyfully dedicated my whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.”

My personal encouragement for 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 devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND CHARACTER AND CONDUCT” part 1 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

Prayer governs conduct and conduct makes character. Conduct, is what we do; character, is what we are. Conduct is the outward life. Character is the life unseen, hidden within, yet evidenced by that which is seen. Conduct is external, seen from without; character is internal — operating within. In the economy of grace conduct is the offspring of character. Character is the state of the heart, conduct its outward expression. Character is the root of the tree, conduct, the fruit it bears.

Prayer is related to all the gifts of grace. To character and conduct its relation is that of a helper. Prayer helps to establish character and fashion conduct, and both for their successful continuance depend on prayer. There may be a certain degree of moral character and conduct independent of prayer, but there cannot be anything like distinctive religious character and Christian conduct without it. Prayer helps, where all other aids fail. The more we pray, the better we are, the purer and better our lives.

The very end and purpose of the atoning work of Christ is to create religious character and to make Christian conduct.

“Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

In Christ’s teaching, it is not simply works of charity and deeds of mercy upon which He insists, but inward spiritual character. This much is demanded, and nothing short of it, will suffice.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #828

C.H. Spurgeon said, “I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 1:6-7 which reads: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Tracie Miles. She said, “Choose God, his word, prayer, and spiritual vitamins. As you fight the battle with these tools, you will also be simultaneously choosing your victory.”

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer and Importunity, Part 10 (TPMD Bus 2 – #686)

POEM: “The Manner of Prayer” by Deborah Smith Plemmons

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 37:1-4 which reads: “And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. It may be the Lord thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Dillon Burroughs. He said, “Since God exists outside of time, He also has all of the time He needs to personally act in each of our lives. There is never a rush to the next meeting or the next message.”

My personal encouragement for 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 devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND IMPORTUNITY” part 10 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

Faith has its province, in connection with prayer, and, of course, has its inseparable association with importunity. But the latter quality drives the prayer to the believing point. A persistent spirit brings a man to the place where faith takes hold, claims and appropriates the blessing.

The imperative necessity of importunate prayer is plainly set forth in the Word of God, and needs to be stated and re-stated today. We are apt to overlook this vital truth. Love of ease, spiritual indolence, religious slothfulness, all operate against this type of petitioning. Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.

We have need, too, to give thought to that mysterious fact of prayer — the certainty that there will be delays, denials, and seeming failures, in connection with its exercise. We are to prepare for these, to brook them, and cease not in our urgent praying. Like a brave soldier, who, as the conflict grows sterner, exhibits a superior courage than in the earlier stages of the battle; so does the praying Christian, when delay and denial face him, increase his earnest asking, and ceases not until prayer prevail. Moses furnishes an illustrious example of importunity in prayer. Instead of allowing his nearness to God and his intimacy with Him to dispense with the necessity for importunity, he regards them as the better fitting him for its exercise. When Israel set up the golden calf, the wrath of God waxed fierce against them, and Jehovah, bent on executing justice, said to Moses when divulging what He purposed doing, “Let Me alone!” But Moses would not let Him alone. He threw himself down before the Lord in an agony of intercession in behalf of the sinning Israelites, and for forty days and nights, fasted and prayed. What a season of importunate prayer was that!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #826

Stan Lee said, “The power of prayer is still the greatest ever known in this endless eternal universe.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God 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.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said, “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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