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Prayer for the Sick is Appropriate for Today as it Was In Biblical Times, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #164)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Ephesians 6:18 which reads: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Samuel Chadwick He said: “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Add to this list from the records of the church your personal observation and experience, and always there is the cost of passion unto blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “PRAYER FOR THE SICK IS APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY AS IT WAS IN BIBLICAL TIMES” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Some ultra-dispensationalists say that the book of James was primarily to Jewish believers and not to Gentile Christians. Even the Scofield Reference Bible has a subhead before Hebrews, James, I and II Peter and Jude, calling them “the Jewish-Christian Epistles,” as if they were essentially different from the rest of the New Testament. But this is not true. It is true that James addresses his epistle “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” But that was when the only Christians scattered abroad were Jewish Christians. James was probably the first epistle written in the New Testament and was written to all those who were Christians. But it is also true that the book of Galatians was addressed “unto the churches of Galatia,” and that Romans was addressed “to all that be at Rome.” And no one doubts that they are messages for us, the spiritual successors of the Christians in that day.

But fortunately we do not have to guess as to whom the Holy Spirit meant to address in these writings. Notice in James 5:14 that it is elders who are to be called to pray, not a rabbi; elders of the church, and not rulers of the synagogue. This is a message to Christians in churches, and not to Jews in synagogues. And notice particularly James 5:3, “Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”

James, chapter 5, is fitting for the last days. Verse 7 says, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord,” This epistle of James, the last chapter particularly, is fitted for the days just preceding the Lord’s return.

Again in verse 8 we are told, “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

And again, verse 9 in this same fifth chapter of James says, “Behold, the judge standeth before the door.”

So in this chapter, at least four times, the last days and the second coming of Christ are mentioned. It could not be clearer than it is, that the Lord meant these blessed commands and promises about praying for the healing of the sick to be claimed in these last days, when the coming of the Lord draws nigh, and when the Judge stands at the door. Do not let anyone take away from you the book of James — it belongs to Christians of this age.

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Prayer for the Sick is Appropriate for Today as it Was In Biblical Times, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #163)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which reads: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Robert Murray M’Cheyne. He said, “I ought to pray before seeing anyone…Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: ‘Early will I seek thee’…I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of our series titled “PRAYER FOR THE SICK IS APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY AS IT WAS IN BIBLICAL TIMES” from Dr. John R. Rice.

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Encouragement to Pray for Your Healing and for the Healing of Others, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #160)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 18:1 which reads: “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 John Laidlaw. He said: “The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! Do it! You want to be taught to pray. My answer is pray and never faint, and then you shall never fail.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING AND FOR THE HEALING OF OTHERS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Sickness is evidently the attack of Satan. Job’s sickness was brought on by the direct attack of Satan. Jesus healed one woman whom, He said, “Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years.” And then of Paul’s thorn in the flesh, we are told it was a “messenger of Satan”. Sickness and disease come from Satan. God permits them as He permits sin and permits certain results of sin. And often God overrules sickness to His own glory. But generally, it is proper to say that sickness is from Satan.

And thus, may not God’s own children call on their Heavenly Father to help them in the attack of Satan on their bodies? Surely, the very nature of sickness means that we ought to pray about it and have a perfect right to pray about the healing of our bodies.

And even better is the sweet thought that God is our Heavenly Father. He has an infinite compassion for us. As Jesus Himself went about doing good and was moved with compassion by the sickness and the sorrows of the people, so He has compassion upon us now, and our dear Heavenly Father has loving compassion upon His children. Psalm 103:13 tells us, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.”

If there were not a line in the Bible upon which to base our hope except this — that God is our Heavenly Father and we are His dear children, redeemed at infinite cost — then surely that alone would give us a right to look up in His face and tell Him of our woes and ask Him for help in our sufferings and sicknesses. Jesus said in Matthew 7:11, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” The relief from pain, the healing of disease, the strength for our daily tasks — surely in many, many cases at least, these are good things for which we have a right to ask our Heavenly Father. His love and compassion are enough to guarantee that He is concerned about our sickness. Sickness is a proper subject for prayer.

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Encouragement to Pray for Your Healing and for the Healing of Others, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #159)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 14:13-14 which reads: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING AND FOR THE HEALING OF OTHERS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

In James 5:13 we are given the plain instruction, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.” Or the Revised Version puts it, “Is any among you suffering? let him pray.” So people are to pray for themselves when they suffer. And then verses 14 and 15 continue, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him…And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.”

Clearly, sickness should be an occasion for prayer. We are commanded to pray when we suffer ourselves, and the elders of the church are to be called officially, too, to pray for the sick. Then in James 5:16 we are told, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”

Though the sick may pray for themselves, it is proper for the elders of the church to pray also, and individual Christians are to confess their sins one to the other and to pray one for the other, in order that they may be healed.

If there were no particular and specific command, like this, to pray for healing of the sick, yet many other passages of Scripture authorize us to pray for anything we want or need. For instance, in Mark 11:24 Jesus said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them; and ye shall have them.” That “what things soever” would certainly include the healing of our sick bodies.

And again in John 14:14 Jesus promised, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” That word “anything” certainly would cover healing of the body.

And Philippians 4:6 commands us, “…in every thing by prayer…let your requests be made known unto God.”

If there were not a single specific promise in the Bible which mentioned healing of the sick in answer to prayer, yet any believing Christian would have a right to call on his Heavenly Father for healing in the light of these general promises clearly meant to cover every need of a Christian.

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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Encouragement to Pray for Your Healing and for the Healing of Others (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #158)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 11:1 which reads: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Sidlow Baxter. He said: “Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING AND FOR THE HEALING OF OTHERS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

James 5:13-16 reads: “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

How many times our Saviour, in His brief earthly ministry, heard the cry of the sick for healing! And how willingly the Saviour answered their prayers and healed the sick.

The leper said, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

The centurion at Capernaum said, “Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.”

A certain ruler worshiped Jesus saying, “My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.”

A woman diseased with an issue of blood twelve years came behind Jesus, touched the hem of His garment, and yet there was a prayer in her timid heart.

Two blind men followed Jesus, crying and saying, “Thou son of David, have mercy on us.”

The Syrophenician woman, “a woman of Canaan,” cried to Jesus saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”

When Jesus came down from the Mount of Transfiguration, there came a certain man kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.”

As Jesus departed from Jericho once, two blind men sitting by the wayside heard that Jesus passed by and cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.” All these, and many other cases recorded in the Gospels, were prayers for healing; and Jesus answered these, every one! On a number of occasions, multitudes brought their sick people to Jesus for Him to heal them. If the personal ministry of Jesus shows anything about His tender heart, then He loves to heal the sick, He is glad to hear prayers for healing.

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Asking for the Power of the Holy Spirit, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #157)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 2 Chronicles 7:15 which reads: “Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “Many Christians backslide…They are unable to stand against the temptations of the world, or of their old nature. They strive to do their best to fight against sin, and to serve God, but they have no strength. They have never really grasped the secret: The Lord Jesus will every day from heaven continue His work in me. But on one condition—the soul must give Him time each day to impart His love and his grace. Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our current series titled “ASKING FOR THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Luke 11:13 reads, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Those who think this part of the Bible is out of date should remember that the book of Luke was not written until long after Pentecost. Why should the Holy Spirit ever have inspired it, and why should God have written down this sweet promise, that men who ask for the Holy Spirit could have Him to make them soul winners, if the promise were already out of date before it was written down?

Beware lest Satan steal away the riches of the Bible from you by having men tell you that part of the Bible is out of date and was not meant for you. God is still eager to have bread taken to sinners. Friends in their journey through life come to you and you have nothing to set before them. But God has bread enough for all and He will give it if you knock at His door with importunity.

There is a way to power, to fruit-bearing. You, too, may enter with Moses and Paul into the travail of soul that Christ had for sinners. You too may enter into the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit in saving sinners. But it is not a light and frivolous matter. It is not gained by flippant or half-hearted praying.

Some ministers have a way of saying to people who seek for the power of the Holy Spirit that they should simply go home and believe that they have the power, that already they have the Holy Spirit and they have all thy need.

Well, suppose that the neighbor at midnight would say to the man who was outside pounding upon his door, “Go on home and believe that you have bread for your friend that has none, and it will be all right.” Well, that is not what the friend who had the bread said to the neighbor. And if the neighbor had acted on such advice, he would have gone home without the bread, however hard he tried to believe it was in his hands.

The power of the Holy Spirit is real and definite and we may know whether or not the breath of God is on us to win sinners. We may know whether or not we have bread for sinners. And we may have the bread if we mean business, but I want you to know there is a price to pay. You may have the bread if you are willing to knock at the door and wait before God until He gives you as many loaves as you need.

And while you pray and wait, God will search out your heart, will show what displeases Him, will bring you to confession and forsaking of sin, and will help you count the heavy cost. Whatever needs fixing, God can fix it in your life and heart as you wait and plead for bread for sinners — that is, for the power of the Holy Spirit to win sinners.

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Asking for the Power of the Holy Spirit, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #156)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Zechariah 4:6 which reads: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A. Torrey. He said: “We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of our current series titled “ASKING FOR POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Luke 11:13 reads, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Strangely, Jesus did not put in exact words until the very close of this lesson on advanced praying, that He was teaching the disciples to pray for the Holy Spirit!

How many preachers and teachers hate the idea of praying for the Holy Spirit! They are willing to pray for revivals, pray for the conviction of sinners, pray for power on their preaching, pray for divine wisdom in their messages, yet they fear to pray for the Holy Spirit Himself, who really brings revivals, who convicts sinners and converts them, who gives wisdom, power and leadership to the man of God! When we pray for bread for sinners, we really mean that we need the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit of God to come upon us and enable us to do what otherwise we could not do. We want the Holy Spirit of God to make us fruitful soul winners.

The Scofield Reference Bible is a good reference Bible, but some of the footnotes are not correct. And in the footnotes on this particular Scripture, the editors make a bad mistake. Dr. Scofield says: “To go back to the promise of Luke 11:13 is to forget Pentecost, and to ignore the truth that now every believer has the indwelling Spirit.”

To be sure, every believer now has the indwelling Spirit, but Jesus is not here teaching the disciples to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Rather, He is teaching them to pray for the soul-winning power of the Spirit. Surely neither Dr. Scofield nor any informed man would say that every Christian has the soul-winning power of the Spirit.

And that is what Jesus here urges us to pray for. We are to pray with holy begging, with urgent pleading, that the Holy Spirit of God will help us carry the bread of life to sinners. There can be no other meaning to the teaching of Jesus here. The disciples were never taught to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and if they had prayed for His indwelling, their prayer would NOT have been answered. For Jesus had plainly stated in John 7:37-39 that the Holy Ghost would not be given in the sense of making His headquarters in the Christian’s body until Christ should be glorified, that is, raised from the dead. Any praying for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit could never be answered before Jesus rose from the dead and breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” And after that time it would not do any good to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, for every saved soul has the Holy Spirit dwelling within him.

No, Jesus meant that Christians should pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint us or fill us or empower us, to make us soul winners; that the Holy Spirit of God would enable us to carry the bread of life to sinners. And that is the only way soul winners are made. Do not let anybody steal this precious verse away from you. God still gives the Holy Spirit in soul-winning power to those who ask Him importunately and will not take “No” for an answer.

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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