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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.

+ Plus, listen to Jessy Dixon singing “I Know What Prayer Can Do”

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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)

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #163

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.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing “Prayer”

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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