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The Prayer Motivator Minute #857


Our prayer motivator quote for today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 66:19 which says: “But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer.”

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Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer and the Word of God, Part 1 (TPMD Bus 2 – #714)

POEM: “Hear and Answer Prayer” by Fanny Crosby

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Habakkuk 3:2 which reads: “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Ole Hallesby. He said, “Nothing makes us so bold in prayer as when we can look into the eye of God and say to Him, “Thou knowest that I am not praying for personal advantage, nor to avoid hardship, nor that my own will in any way should be done, but only for this, that Thy name might be glorified.”

My personal encouragement for you today is this: You can pray to God anytime and anywhere. God will help you to pray with your family every day. I know He will, because in over twenty-five years of marriage, I have never missed a day in prayer and family devotions with my own family, and it is the single most important reason why we are still together and thriving in the work of the Lord. Prayer is where the power is.

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND THE WORD OF GOD” part 1 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

God’s Word is a record of prayer — of praying men and their achievements, of the Divine warrant of prayer and of the encouragement given to those who pray. No one can read the instances, commands, examples, multiform statements which concern themselves with prayer, without realizing that the cause of God, and the success of His work in this world is committed to prayer; that praying men have been God’s vicegerents on earth; that prayerless men have never been used of Him.

A reverence for God’s holy Name is closely related to a high regard for His Word. This hallowing of God’s Name; the ability to do His will on earth, as it is done in heaven; the establishment and glory of God’s kingdom, are as much involved in prayer, as when Jesus taught men the Universal Prayer. That “men ought always to pray and not to faint,” is as fundamental to God’s cause, today, as when Jesus Christ enshrined that great truth in the immortal settings of the Parable of the Importunate Widow.

As God’s house is called “the house of prayer,” because prayer is the most important of its holy offices; so by the same token, the Bible may be called the Book of Prayer. Prayer is the great theme and content of its message to mankind.

God’s Word is the basis, as it is the directory of the prayer of faith. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,” says St. Paul, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

As this word of Christ dwelling in us richly is transmuted and assimilated, it issues in praying. Faith is constructed of the Word and the Spirit, and faith is the body and substance of prayer.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #856


Tracie Miles 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.”

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 Mark Batterson. He said, “Whether we write lyrics or craft legislation, sell homes or teach classes, design spaces or open franchises, prayer is a critical part of the creative process. Don’t just brainstorm; praystorm.”

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer and Vigilance, Part 7 (TPMD Bus 2 – #713)


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

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Jonah 4:2 which reads: “And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from C.H. Spurgeon. He 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.”

My personal encouragement for 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 devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND VIGILANCE” part 7 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

When will Christians more thoroughly learn the twofold lesson, that they are called to a great warfare, and that in order to get the victory they must give themselves to unsleeping watchfulness and unceasing prayer?

“Be sober, be vigilant,” says Peter, “because your adversary, the devil, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.”

God’s Church is a militant host. Its warfare is with unseen forces of evil. God’s people compose an army fighting to establish His kingdom in the earth. Their aim is to destroy the sovereignty of Satan, and over its ruins, erect the Kingdom of God, which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” This militant army is composed of individual soldiers of the Cross, and the armour of God is needed for its defence. Prayer must be added as that which crowns the whole.

“Stand then in His great might, With all His strength endued; But take, to arm you for the fight, The panoply of God.”

Prayer is too simple, too evident a duty, to need definition. Necessity gives being and shape to prayer. Its importance is so absolute, that the Christian soldier’s life, in all the breadth and intensity of it, should be one of prayer. The entire life of a Christian soldier — its being, intention, implication and action — are all dependent on its being a life of prayer. Without prayer — no matter what else he have — the Christian soldier’s life will be feeble, and ineffective, and constitute him an easy prey for his spiritual enemies.

Christian experience will be sapless, and Christian influence will be dry and arid, unless prayer has a high place in the life. Without prayer the Christian graces will wither and die. Without prayer, we may add, preaching is edgeless and a vain thing, and the Gospel loses its wings and its loins. Christ is the lawgiver of prayer, and Paul is His Apostle of prayer. Both declare its primacy and importance, and demonstrate the fact of its indispensability. Their prayer-directions cover all places, include all times, and comprehend all things. How, then, can the Christian soldier hope or dream of victory, unless he be fortified by its power? How can he fail, if in addition to putting on the armour of God he be, at all times and seasons, “watching unto prayer”?

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #855


Elizabeth Elliot said, “All our problems are theological ones, William Temple said. All of them have to do with our relationship to God and his to us, and this is precisely why it makes sense to come to God with them.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Acts 9:11 which reads: “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A. Torrey. He said, “God has not changed; and His ear is just as quick to hear the voice of real prayer, and His hand is just as long and strong to save; as it ever was.”

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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Prayer and Vigilance, Part 6 (TPMD Bus 2 – #712)


POEM: “Have You Considered My Prayer” by Kathleen Higham

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Jonah 4:2 which reads: “And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.”

Our featured prayer motivator quote is from Andrew Murray. He said, “The Master says (and the experience of His people has confirmed) that men of strong faith are men of much prayer.”

My personal encouragement for you 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 devotional today is titled “PRAYER AND VIGILANCE” part 6 from the book, “Necessity of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.

In the New Testament, there are three different words, which are translated “watch.” The first means “absence of sleep,” and implies a wakeful frame of mind, as opposed to listlessness; it is an enjoinder to keep awake, circumspect, attentive, constant, vigilant. The second word means “fully awake,” — a state induced by some rousing effort, which faculty excited to attention and interest, active, cautious, lest through carelessness or indolence, some destructive calamity should suddenly evolve. The third word means “to be calm and collected in spirit,” dispassionate, untouched by slumberous or beclouding influences, a wariness against all pitfalls and beguilements.

All three definitions are used by St. Paul. Two of them are employed in connection with prayer. Watchfulness intensified, is a requisite for prayer. Watchfulness must guard and cover the whole spiritual man, and fit him for prayer. Everything resembling unpreparedness or non-vigilance, is death to prayer.

In Ephesians, Paul gives prominence to the duty of constant watchfulness, “Watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.” Watch, he says, watch, WATCH! “And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.”

Sleepless wakefulness is the price one must pay for victory over his spiritual foes. Rest assured that the devil never falls asleep. He is ever “walking about, seeking whom he may devour.” Just as a shepherd must never be careless and unwatchful lest the wolf devour his sheep, so the Christian soldier must ever have his eyes wide open, implying his possession of a spirit which neither slumbers nor grows careless. The inseparable companions and safeguards of prayer are vigilance, watchfulness, and a mounted guard. In writing to the Colossians Paul brackets these inseparable qualities together: “Continue in prayer,” he enjoins, “and watch in the same, with thanksgiving.”

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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The Prayer Motivator Minute #854


Krista Weatherspoon said, “If you just take the time to pray and realize that God is in control and can handle your situation, then you can be a much more positive, more optimistic person.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 2:36-37 which reads: “And there was one Anna, a prophetess…And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Thomas Aquinas. He said, “We set forth our petitions before God, not in order to make known to Him our needs and desires, but rather so that we ourselves may realize that in these things it is necessary to turn to God for help.”

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2016 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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