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The Prayer Motivator Minute #845

Victor Hugo said, “There are times in a person’s life when, regardless of the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees in prayer.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 33:3 which reads: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dwight D. Eisenhower. He said, “Personal prayer, it seems to me, is one of the simplest necessities of life, as basic to the individual as sunshine, food and water–and at times, of course, more so. By prayer I mean an effort to get in touch with the Infinite. We know that our prayers are imperfect. Of course they are. We are imperfect human beings. A thousand experiences have convinced me beyond room of doubt that prayer multiplies the strength of the individual and brings within the scope of his capabilities almost any conceivable objective.”

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #842

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Preacher, keep your knees on the ground and your eyes on the throne.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:6 which reads: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Elisabeth Elliot. She said, “I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Prayer and Obedience, Part 4 (TPMD Bus 2 – #697)

POEM: “Pray When the Morn is Breaking” by Jane C. Simpson

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 7:16 which reads: “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Charles Stanley. He said, “Of all the things Christ wants for us, loving Him and focusing our attention on Him are the most important.”

My personal encouragement for you today is this: A Christian cannot have a victorious, overcoming, and vibrant life without prayer. Of course, there are other important things a Christian needs as well such as the Word of God, the local church, and fellowship with other believers. But if we are to be successful in all of these areas, we must undergird these things with prayer.

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND OBEDIENCE” part 4 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer”

Obedience is love, fulfilling every command, love expressing itself. Obedience, therefore, is not a hard demand made upon us, any more than is the service a husband renders his wife, or a wife renders her husband. Love delights to obey, and please whom it loves. There are no hardships in love. There may be exactions, but no irk. There are no impossible tasks for love.

With what simplicity and in what a matter-of-fact way does the Apostle John say: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in His sight.”

This is obedience, running ahead of all and every command. It is love, obeying by anticipation. They greatly err, and even sin, who declare that men are bound to commit iniquity, either because of environment, or heredity, or tendency. God’s commands are not grievous. Their ways are ways of pleasantness, and their paths peace. The task which falls to obedience is not a hard one. “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Far be it from our heavenly Father, to demand impossibilities of His children. It is possible to please Him in all things, for He is not hard to please. He is neither a hard master, nor an austere lord, “taking up that which he lays not down, and reaping that which he did not sow.” Thank God, it is possible for every child of God, to please his heavenly Father! It is really much easier to please Him than to please men. Moreover, we may know when we please Him. This is the witness of the Spirit — the inward Divine assurance, given to all the children of God that they are doing their Father’s will, and that their ways are well-pleasing in His sight.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

The Prayer Motivator Minute #841

Robert McCheyne said, “Study your prayers, a great part of my time is spent getting in tune for prayer.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 3:22 which reads: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E. M. Bounds. He said, “Praying saints are the only saints who have influence with God, the only kind of saints to whom God commits Himself and His Gospel. Praying saints are the only saints in which the Holy Spirit dwells, for the Holy Spirit and prayer go hand-in-hand. The Holy Spirit never descends upon prayerless saints. He never fills them, He never empowers them. There is nothing whatever in common between the Spirit of God and saints who do not pray. The spirit dwells only in a prayer atmosphere.”

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer and Obedience, Part 3 (TPMD Bus 2 – #696)

POEM: “At All Times, Praise the Lord” by John S. Howson

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 7:16 which reads: “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Darrell L. Guder. He said, “Prayer is not about getting what we want – the fulfillment of our will; it is about learning what God wants – the bending of our will to God’s will.”

My personal encouragement for you today is this: Our world is changing in sometimes surprising and very destructive ways. Unless we, the people of God, stand together and form a firewall of intercessory prayer in our society, not only will God’s judgment destroy our country and our world, but our country and the world will begin to destroy itself from the inside out.

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND OBEDIENCE” part 3 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

Does God give commandments which men cannot obey? Is He so arbitrary, so severe, so unloving, as to issue commandments which cannot be obeyed? The answer is that in all the annals of Holy Scripture, not a single instance is recorded of God having commanded any man to do a thing, which was beyond his power. Is God so unjust and so inconsiderate as to require of man that which he is unable to render? Surely not. To infer it, is to slander the character of God.

Let us ponder this thought, a moment: Do earthly parents require of their children duties which they cannot perform? Where is the father who would think, even, of being so unjust, and so tyrannical? Is God less kind and just than faulty, earthly parents? Are they better and more just than a perfect God? How utterly foolish and untenable a thought!

In principle, obedience to God is the same quality as obedience to earthly parents. It implies, in general effect, the giving up of one’s own way, and following that of another; the surrendering of the will to the will of another; the submission of oneself to the authority and requirements of a parent. Commands, either from our heavenly Father or from our earthly father, are love-directing, and all such commands are in the best interests of those who are commanded. God’s commands are issued neither in severity nor tyranny. They are always issued in love and in our interests, and so it behooves us to heed and obey them. In other words, and appraised at its lowest value — God having issued His commands to us, in order to promote our good, it pays, therefore, to be obedient. Obedience brings its own reward. God has ordained it so, and since He has, even human reason can realize that He would never demand that which is out of our power to render.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #840

T. D. Jakes said, “Sometimes, you don’t even have to be the one praying, but if you get around somebody who really know how to pray, prayer will lift you when you’ve fallen, prayer will catch you when you’ve lost your grip, prayer will stop you from going overboard, prayer will bring you out!”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 9:6 which reads: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said, “A Christian community either lives by the intercessory prayers of its members for one another, or the community will be destroyed. I can no longer condemn or hate other Christians for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble they cause me. In intercessory prayer the face that may have been strange and intolerable to me is transformed into the face of one for whom Christ died, the face of a pardoned sinner. That is a blessed discovery for the Christian who is beginning to offer intercessory prayer for others. As far as we are concerned, there is no dislike, no personal tension, no disunity or strife that cannot be overcome by intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter every day.”

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer and Obedience, Part 2 (TPMD Bus 2 – #695)

POEM: “O Seek the Lord in Prayer” by John A. Dalles

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 56:6-7 which reads: “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “There’s nothing more transfiguring than prayer.”

My personal encouragement for you today is this: With all of the calamities and disasters that are happening in the world today, I am quite sure that you will agree that we are living in praying times. And the best way to combat crime, violence, immorality, family breakdown, natural disasters, wars, and Satan’s efforts to lead millions astray is prayer.

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND OBEDIENCE” part 2 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

The gift of the Holy Spirit in full measure and in richer experience, depends upon loving obedience:

“If ye love Me, keep My commandments,” is the Master’s word. “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.”

Obedience to God is a condition of spiritual thrift, inward satisfaction, stability of heart. “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land.” Obedience opens the gates of the Holy City, and gives access to the tree of life.

“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates, into the city.”

What is obedience? It is doing God’s will: it is keeping His commandments. How many of the commandments constitute obedience? To keep half of them, and to break the other half — is that real obedience? To keep all the commandments but one — is that obedience? On this point, James the Apostle is most explicit: “Whosoever shall keep the whole law,” he declares, “and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

The spirit which prompts a man to break one commandment is the spirit which may move him to break them all. God’s commandments are a unit, and to break one strikes at the principle which underlies and runs through the whole. He who hesitates not to break a single commandment, would — it is more than probable — under the same stress, and surrounded by the same circumstances, break them all.

Universal obedience of the race is demanded. Nothing short of implicit obedience will satisfy God, and the keeping of all His commandments is the demonstration of it that God requires. But can we keep all of God’s commandments? Can a man receive moral ability such as enables him to obey every one of them? Certainly he can. By every token, man can, through prayer, obtain ability to do this very thing.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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