The Necessity for Praying Men, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #748)

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Welcome to the Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #748. This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. The simple purpose of this podcast is to encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to Just Pray. This podcast is not necessarily for people who already know the secret and power of prayer and who actually practice genuine prayer on a regular basis, rather it is for those who may find it difficult to pray or for people who claim they do not have time to pray. I am convinced that most Christian people do not need to learn how to pray; they need to Just Pray! If I can get you to just pray, all sorts of wonderful things will begin to happen for you, your family, and whatever God has called you to do. We do not pray based upon our subjective feelings, we pray based upon objective facts in the Word of God.

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The Prayer of Faith, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #166)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Colossians 4:2 which reads: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Paul E. Billheimer. He said: “Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “THE PRAYER OF FAITH” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Dr. Rice begins by quoting Dr. R.A. Torrey, who said:

The Holy Spirit is the One who does the healing, if it really is divine healing. In Romans 8:11 we read, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies thru his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Now, as the text itself and the context clearly prove, that verse refers to the future resurrection of our body by the Holy Spirit, and not to our present healing, but, nevertheless, it shows the quickening; that is, life giving, power of the Holy Spirit in our physical bodies.”

Dr. Rice continues with: Now this passage in James says in verse 13, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.” There is prayer for the sick without anointing with oil. And again in verse 16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” There is mutual prayer of Christians for one another, without anointing of oil; yet it is prayer for healing. But verse 14 suggests, “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.” The anointing with oil is proper under some circumstances; but it is not the oil that heals. Neither is the oil essential. It is the prayer of faith that saves.

The twelve disciples sometimes anointed with oil. In Mark 6:13 we are told, “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” However, in many, many other cases of healing in the New Testament there is no mention of healing with oil.

Anointing with oil is sometimes a help to our faith. It reminds us that the Spirit of God dwells in the body of the sick Christian. Thus, to do just what the Scripture suggests by anointing the sick with oil, we are encouraged to expect His blessing; and we make it more real to ourselves that God has invited us to pray for the healing of the sick.

But whether we use oil or not, it is the prayer of faith that saves the sick. In the Bible there is no mention of anybody’s anointing with oil except elders of the churches. But any Christian has a right to pray for his own healing or for the healing of a friend or loved one.

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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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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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Prayer is the Only Way to Have the Power of the Holy Spirit for God’s Work (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #120)

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

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Andrew Murray. He said, “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”

Our prayer motivator devotional for today is titled PRAYER IS THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR GOD’S WORK from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

As D.L. Moody well said, it is foolish and wicked to try to do God’s work without God’s power. But there is no way for Christians to have God’s power except by prayer. In Luke 11:13 is this plain promise, “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?”

Here the Lord is not speaking about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes in the human body to dwell at conversion. Ever since Jesus Christ rose from the dead, breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”, Christians have the Holy Spirit abiding in them. Every saved person has the Holy Spirit living in his body as a temple. But Jesus in Luke 11:13 meant that God will give the Holy Spirit in soul-winning power to those that ask Him. In the same passage, He gives a parable of a man who goes to a friend at midnight, saying unto him, “Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.” And Jesus said that this man, longing to have bread for a friend, got it only by importunity. And so Jesus teaches us here that a Christian who longs to have the bread of life for an unsaved friend may get it by begging God for it. And then Jesus explains the point of the whole parable by this blessed promise, “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” We may have bread for sinners if we beg God for it, and in no other way! “Importunity,” Jesus said, was the way a man got bread from a friend for another poor hungry friend.

It has always been true that revivals came in answer to prayer. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God promised a blessed revival “if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways.” The Prophet Habakkuk prayed, “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years.” He knew that revivals come in answer to prayer.

But what is a revival? Is it not simply that God puts His power upon His ministers and upon His people, and the Holy Spirit of God does His work in blessing the saints and in convicting and saving sinners? So the secret of power on personal soul-winning effort is in prayer. The secret of revival is prayer.

If any Christian longs to have personal, definite enduement of power, the power of the Holy Spirit, then this is the way to have it. Let him seek God’s face in prayer with whatever confession and self-judgment and heart-surrender are necessary as he waits on God, until the Spirit of God can fill him and use him.

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17 Suggestions to Consider When Praying for Others (Part Two) (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #82)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Ephesians 3:20 which reads: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

Our thought for today is that prayer is not only about asking for things, but about praising God, confessing sins, and enjoying God.

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its
sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.”

Our prayer motivator devotional for today is a continuation from yesterday’s broadcast titled “17 SUGGESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN PRAYING FOR OTHERS” from Dr. J. Gordon Henry.

To review what we discussed on yesterday, Dr. Henry encouraged us to ask for the following when we pray for others: (1) to realize his present exalted position in Christ, (2) Present himself as a living sacrifice, (3) Be filled with the Holy Spirit, (4) Be regular and systematic in the study of God’s Word, (5) Have the mind of Christ, and (6) Grow daily in Christlike maturity. Today, we will discuss six more suggestions. When we pray, we should pray that the person for whom we are interceding will do the following:

7. Appropriate the full armor of God. There is full protection provided. Pray that the believer will have his eyes opened to the dangers of Satanic attacks and will put on the full armor of God.

8. Be alert to Satan’s strategy. Pray that the believer will not only be kept from sin, but also will be aware of the threefold Satanic temptations: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life. Pray that he will know that victory comes only as he takes the victory of Calvary as his own. Pray that he will discern between Satanic pressure and godly chastening.

9. Not love the world system. Pressures from peers, the media, and the world increasingly oppose Biblical standards. Pray that he will love God and not the world.

10. Have a spirit of brokenness and humility. God promises to look toward the person who is humble and trembles at His Word. Humility is an attitude of dependence upoon God and not self.

11. Have a servant’s heart. Pray that the believer will desire to serve God and others–which is the essence of Christianity.

12. Build a Scriptural family. Pray that the one for whom you are praying will look neither to the world nor to carnal Christians, but to the Word of God for understanding of family responsibilities. Pray that husband and wife will maintain a balance among family, ministry, and job responsibilities. Pray that parents will be firm and loving–ever realizing the importance of being godly models for their children. Pray for those who are single to look to the Lord for the choice of a life partner.

We will cover the remaining five of these great suggestions on our next broadcast. As the Lord leads you, please use these guidelines in interceding for others.

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Let the Holy Spirit Lead You When You Pray (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #80)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 1 Kings 8:33 which reads: “When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house; Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.”

Our thought for today is that prayer will guide us into perfect communion with God.

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, “Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him?….Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray.”

LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAD YOU WHEN YOU PRAY, by J. Gordon Henry

Be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. Often, He will bring to your mind a specific Scripture that will serve as the request you make during your time of intercession. Pray fervently to be led by the Holy Spirit to the exact needs of the one in Christ for whom you pray. There will be times when you will sense a need to pray for some person. Obey. Then be alert to the results of your prayer.

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