Home  /  Podcast Directory  /  Religion & Spirituality  /  The Prayer Motivator Devotional


Last update: 2013-07-01

Wesley L. Duewel said: "Prayer is God's ordained way to bring His miracle power to bear in human need." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #442)

2013-07-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 58s

Our prayer motivator verses from the Word of God today are James 1:6-7 which reads: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, "What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits about private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy pray little, and those who are eminently holy pray much."…

x

Share: Wesley L. Duewel said: "Prayer is God's ordained way to bring His miracle power to bear in human need." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #442)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 33 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #502)

2013-06-29 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 19m 31s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were."

My personal encouragement today is this: The best and only pattern to follow when you pray is the one that our Lord gave to us which is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer,” which is found in Matthew 6: 9-13. Now you do not have to pray this same prayer, but you can use it as a guide in your own prayer life. According to Jesus’ pattern of prayer, you should: 1. Praise God first. 2. Put His will before yours. 3. Ask for your daily provisions. 4. Ask for forgiveness of sin. 5. Ask God to keep you from evil. and 6. Give God the glory. Lay everything on your heart and mind before God and enjoy His peace.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Michael Youssef. He said: "The prayers that seek to glorify God, to honor Him, to further the work of His kingdom, to transform the hearts of nonbelievers, to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, and to reveal His majesty--those are the prayers that are most powerful."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 33 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Let us be honest in searching our own heart here. Do we not often pray simply as a matter of duty?

A young man once came to me with great joy saying, "Brother Rice, before I heard your message on prayer, prayer had become a burden to me. I prayed because I felt I ought, but it was hard and I did not enjoy it. But now, thank God, it has become a joy to pray!"

I am led to believe by the testimony of thousands that to the average Christian prayer is hard and burdensome. We pray little because we do not enjoy it. We pray as much as we do pray largely out of duty or absolute necessity. And our lackadaisical praying, when we do pray, along with the fact that we really pray little at all, proves that our poor, wicked hearts do not feel at home with God, do not enjoy God, do not delight in His presence and conscious fellowship! How wicked is that sin!

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing "Prayer CHanges Things"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 33 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #502)


John Wesley said: "Proceed with much prayer, and your way will be made plain." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #441)

2013-06-28 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 58s

Our prayer motivator verses from the Word of God today are Matthew 4:1-4 which reads: "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Selden. He said, "Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us."…

x

Share: John Wesley said: "Proceed with much prayer, and your way will be made plain." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #441)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 32 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501)

2013-06-27 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were."

My personal encouragement today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: "God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer is answered."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 32 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness shows a lack of real enjoyment of God. We should honestly face the fact that most of us do not really enjoy prayer or we would pray more. We eat because we are hungry; the body demands food. We sleep because we are sleepy; the body demands rest. We visit people because we enjoy fellowship. If we work harder and the body needs more food, we hunger for it and then eat more. If we are specially in love with someone, we long more for his or her companionship and spend more hours in his or her presence when possible. When we are unusually worn and tired, the body demands more rest and we sleep longer if possible.

That simply illustrates the fact that if your heart were hungrier for God, you would pray more. If you really enjoyed His presence, you would seek it. If you enjoyed praying more than other things you do, you would do more praying and less reading or playing or eating or sleeping. Prayerlessness proves that we do not really enjoy God.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing "Pray On"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 32 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501)


Samuel Chadwick said: "True prayer is a lonely business." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440)

2013-06-26 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 42s

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 Andrew Murray. He said, "The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing."…

x

Share: Samuel Chadwick said: "True prayer is a lonely business." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 31 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #500)

2013-06-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 26s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 39:12 which reads: "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were."

My personal encouragement 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 quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: "The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a sense of God's need in order to call on God's help to meet that need."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 31 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

If a man kills somebody, that may show premeditated hate, deliberate murder, or it may show a sudden flare of temper in a fight, or it may show simply carelessness in driving. Or the killing may have been altogether accidental.

When a man gets drunk it may show that he is diseased, enslaved by habit, which is really a sickness. Such a man may deserve more pity than blame, and he may be otherwise generous, honest, loved and greatly respected by those who know him. When a person commits adultery it may show a long and deliberate course of sin and depravity, or it may simply be the result of a sudden gust of passion under unusual temptation, such as the person did not expect and under circumstances where most others might yield, too.

All these shocking outward sins show sin in the heart. But they do not reveal as much wickedness as the sin of prayerlessness, for the sin of prayerlessness reveals some shocking things about the state of the heart of all of us who do not pray constantly, who do not live in an attitude of unceasing prayer.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 31 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #500)


Philip Yancey said: "Prayer is to the skeptic a delusion, a waste of time. To the believer it represents perhaps the most important use of time." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439)

2013-06-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 15:8 which reads: "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.I. Packer. He said, "We must learn to measure ourselves, not by our knowledge about God, not by our gifts and responsibilities in the church, but by how we pray and what goes on in our hearts. Many of us, I suspect, have no idea how impoverished we are at this level. Let us ask the Lord to show us." …

x

Share: Philip Yancey said: "Prayer is to the skeptic a delusion, a waste of time. To the believer it represents perhaps the most important use of time." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 30 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #499)

2013-06-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 29s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 35:13 which reads: "But as for me, when they [my enemies] were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."

My personal encouragement today is this: I have noticed five hinderances that stand in the way of some Christians praying as they should. If you could only get over these five hurdles you would then pray more effectively and begin to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer to God. These five hurdles are: 1. Spiritual Inertia, 2. The Flesh, 3. Satan and his Demons, 4. Doubt and Unbelief, and 5. The “Busy”ness of life (the World). Don't let these things hinder you.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Max Lucado. He said: "Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 30 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

It is easy to see that people cannot be saved without the Gospel. The Bible so clearly says in Romans 10:14, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" If no one goes to preach the Gospel and if sinners do not hear the Gospel, then those who might be saved will not be saved.

But it is equally true that if people go without prayer, their ministry will be ineffective, and in proportion as they pray themselves and they are lifted up to God in earnest prayer by others, their ministry will be powerfully moved by the Spirit of God to the saving of souls. It is utterly impossible to disconnect revival fire and prayer. It is utterly foolish to suppose anyone will have a fruitful ministry that is not held up to God by earnest prayer, either by the minister alone or by his own prayers joined to the prayers of others. Oh, how many poor, lost souls are in Hell today because someone did not pray!

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapmen singing "Let Us Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 30 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #499)


Thomas a Kempis said: "What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438)

2013-06-21 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 45s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:14 which reads: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, "To be much for God, we must be much with God. Jesus, that lone figure in the wilderness, knew strong crying, along with tears. Can one be moved with compassion and not know tears? Jeremiah was a sobbing saint. Jesus wept! So did Paul. So did John. Though there are some tearful intercessors behind the scenes, I grant you that to our modern Christianity, praying is foreign."…

x

Share: Thomas a Kempis said: "What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 29 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498)

2013-06-20 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 35:13 which reads: "But as for me, when they [my enemies] were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

How tenderly, and with what a cordial affection, he had behaved towards them in their afflictions: They were sick. Even the palaces and courts of princes are not exempt from the jurisdiction of death and the visitation of sickness. Now when these people were sick, David mourned for them and sympathized with them in their grief. They were not related to him; he was under no obligations to them; he would lose nothing by their death, but perhaps be a gainer by it; and yet he behaved himself as though they had been his nearest relations, purely from a principle of compassion and humanity. David was a man of war, and of a bold stout spirit, and yet was thus susceptible of the impressions of sympathy, forgot the bravery of the hero, and seemed wholly made up of love and pity; it was a rare composition of hardiness and tenderness, courage and compassion, in the same breast. Observe, He mourned as for a brother or mother, which intimates that it is our duty, and well becomes us, to lay to heart the sickness, and sorrow, and death of our near relations. Those that do not are justly stigmatized as without natural affection.

My personal encouragement today is this: No matter how long it takes to pray, no matter how difficult it is to pray, praying to God is the most important thing you can do in your day. It should be the #1 priority above everything else you have to do.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: "One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 29 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In many, many cases when I have been used of God in a blessed revival campaign in some locality, one or two saintly Christians have told me, "I have been praying for two years that God would bring you here for these meetings," or, "This campaign is the answer to my daily prayer for years." Oh, if people would but pray, pray earnestly, pray effectively, pray with a holy abandon, God's work would not languish. The decay in the churches, the cooling of revival fires, the lukewarmness in the churches are the fruit of our prayerlessness.

Countless souls go to Hell because we do not pray. Nothing could more sharply show the wickedness of prayerlessness than this: If Christians do not pray as they ought, many whom they might win will go to Hell.

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing "If My People Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 29 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498)


John of Kronstadt said: "It is necessary to rouse the heart to pray, otherwise it will become quite dry." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #437)

2013-06-19 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 13s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 6:12 which says: "And it came to pass in those days, that he, Jesus, went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Henri Nouwen. He said, "Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It's important because it's the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you "my beloved daughter," "my beloved son," "my beloved child." To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being."…

x

Share: John of Kronstadt said: "It is necessary to rouse the heart to pray, otherwise it will become quite dry." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #437)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 28 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #496)

2013-06-18 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 33s

Our prayer motivator verses for today is Psalm 30:8 which reads: "I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

When his mountain was shaken he lifted up his eyes above the hills. Prayer is a salve for every sore; he made use of it accordingly. Any afflicted? Any troubled? Let him pray. Though God hid his face from him, yet he prayed. If God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, yet it will be in us the greatest folly and injustice imaginable if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark: I cried to thee, O Lord! It seems God’s withdrawings made his prayers the more vehement. We are here told, for it seems he kept account of it.

My personal encouragement today is this: God wants to hear from you every day and throughout the day. That is why He commanded us in His Word to "pray without ceasing."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Nehemiah Adams. He said: "A certain joyful, though humble, confidence becomes us when we pray in the Mediator's name. It is due to Him; when we pray in His name it should be without wavering. Remember His merits, and how prevalent they must be. 'Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.'"

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 28 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission are a modern evidence that the work of God languishes only because of prayerlessness and prospers under prayer. When many denominational missions which depended upon denominational organization and promotions for their funds were being overwhelmed with debts and making retrenchments continually, the China Inland Mission, going only by faith, depending on God alone without any organization to raise money, prospered and increased, spreading the Gospel to millions and sending out continually new groups of workers who were cared for in answer to prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing "Have a Little Talk With Jesus"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 28 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #496)


Charles Spurgeon said: "It is well said that neglected prayer is the birthplace of all evil." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #436)

2013-06-17 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 35s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:24, which reads: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from James Stalker. He said, "There is a beauty bestowed in some degree on all God's saints who pray much which is of the same nature and is the most precious of all answers to prayer. Character flows from the well-spring of prayer."…

x

Share: Charles Spurgeon said: "It is well said that neglected prayer is the birthplace of all evil." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #436)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 27 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #495)

2013-06-17 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 53s

Our prayer motivator verses for today is Psalm 6:9 which reads: "The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

David assures himself that God was, and would be, propitious to him, notwithstanding the present intimations of wrath which he was under. He is confident of a gracious answer to this prayer which he is now making. While he is yet speaking, he is aware that God hears, and therefore speaks of it as a thing done, and repeats it with an air of triumph, “The Lord hath heard”, and again, “The Lord hath heard.” By the workings of God’s grace upon his heart he knew his prayer was graciously accepted, and therefore did not doubt but it would in due time be effectually answered. His tears had a voice, a loud voice, in the ears of the God of mercy: The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. Silent tears are not speechless ones. His prayers were cries to God: “The Lord has heard the voice of my supplication, has put his Fiat—Let it be done, to my petitions, and so it will appear shortly.” Thence he infers the like favourable audience of all his other prayers: “He has heard the voice of my supplication, and therefore he will receive my prayer; for he gives, and does not upbraid with former grants.”

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from Horatius Bonar. He said: "Thy way, not mine, O Lord, however dark it be; lead me by thine own hand; choose out the path for me."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 27 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Another sad result of our wicked prayerlessness is that God's work suffers and languishes. In II Chronicles 7:14 God plainly promises to hear His people when they come in humility and prayer and supplication and repentance. We know many, many revivals in Bible times came because of seasons of prayer and waiting on God. It is always true that we do not have revivals because we do not sincerely, with a holy abandon, pray, as well as obey God. Of course the right kind of praying would lead us to obedience and power.

The orphan houses in Bristol, England, founded by George Mueller, prospered because of prayer. It was so manifest that no one could doubt that the only essential reason that God blessed and sent the means needed was because people expectantly, faithfully prayed. Mueller asked nobody for money, and often would not even let his needs be known except to God.

What an example to prove that when the Lord's work languishes it is for lack of prayer! And of course I mean the work that is truly the Lord's work. I do not mean that we can by prayer contrary to the will of God get our own work to prosper by saying, "...In Jesus' name." But the work of the Lord's own planning languishes only when the people of God do not obediently pray.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing "City On Our Knees"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 27 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #495)


Someone said, "Prayer meetings were the arteries of the early church. Through them, life-sustaining power was derived." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #459MP)

2013-06-15 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 22s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, "Prayer is the spontaneous response of the believing heart to God. Those truly transformed by Jesus Christ find themselves lost in wonder and joy of communion with Him. Prayer is as natural for the Christian as breathing."…

x

Share: Someone said, "Prayer meetings were the arteries of the early church. Through them, life-sustaining power was derived." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #459MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 24 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #517MP)

2013-06-15 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 17s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jonah 4:2-3 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. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We see here that Jonah begins to justify himself in fleeing from the presence of the Lord, when he was first ordered to go to Nineveh, for which he had before, with good reason, condemned himself: “Lord,” said he, “was not this my saying when I was in my own country? Did I not foresee that if I went to preach to Nineveh they would repent, and thou wouldst forgive them, and then thy word would be reflected upon and reproached as yea and nay?” What a strange sort of man was Jonah, to dread the success of his ministry! Many have been tempted to withdraw from their work because they had despaired of doing good by it, but Jonah declined preaching because he was afraid of doing good by it; and still he persists in the same corrupt notion, for, it seems, the whale’s belly itself could not cure him of it. It was his saying when he was in his own country, but it was a bad saying; yet here he stands to it, and, very unlike the other prophets, desires the woeful day which he had foretold and grieves because it does not come. Even Christ’s disciples know not what manner of spirit they are of; those did not who wished for fire from heaven upon the city that did not receive them, much less did Jonah, who wished for fire from heaven upon the city that did receive him. Jonah thinks he has reason to complain of that, when it is done, which he was before afraid of; so hard is it to get a root of bitterness plucked out of the mind, when once it is fastened there.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that we have to pray and ask God to help us to live right, to think right, and to act right. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot live the Christian life by myself, that is, in my own strength. And you can’t do it in your own strength, either. That is why we need to realize and pray as Zechariah did in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. Whether you know it or not, we cannot live this Christian life in our own power. We have got to allow Jesus Christ to live it through us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Timothy K. Jones. He said: "Recently I read again of a woman who simply decided one day to make such a commitment to pray, and my conscience was pricked. But I knew myself well enough to know that something other than resolve was being called for. I began to pray about praying. I expressed to God my frustrated longings, my jaded sense of caution about trying again, my sense of failure over working at being more disciplined and regular. I discovered something surprising happening from such simple praying: I was drawn into the presence of One who had, far more than I did, the power to keep me close. I found my focus subtly shifting away from my efforts to God’s, from rigor to grace, from rigidity to relationship. I soon realized that this was happening regularly. I was praying much more. I became less worried about the mechanics and methods, and in turn I was more motivated. And God so cares for us, I realized anew, that He Himself helps us pray. When we 'do not know what we ought to pray for… the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.'" Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 22 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Ri…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 24 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #517MP)


D.A. Carson said, "All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #458MP)

2013-06-14 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 35s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 21:36 which reads: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from William Gurnall. He said, "Praying is the same to the new creature as crying is to the natural. The child is not learned by art or example to cry, but instructed by nature; it comes into the world crying. Praying is not a lesson got by forms and rules of art, but flowing from principles of new life itself."…

x

Share: D.A. Carson said, "All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #458MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 23 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #516MP)

2013-06-14 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 26m 42s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jonah 4:2-3 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. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We see here that Jonah begins to justify himself in fleeing from the presence of the Lord, when he was first ordered to go to Nineveh, for which he had before, with good reason, condemned himself: “Lord,” said he, “was not this my saying when I was in my own country? Did I not foresee that if I went to preach to Nineveh they would repent, and thou wouldst forgive them, and then thy word would be reflected upon and reproached as yea and nay?” What a strange sort of man was Jonah, to dread the success of his ministry! Many have been tempted to withdraw from their work because they had despaired of doing good by it, but Jonah declined preaching because he was afraid of doing good by it; and still he persists in the same corrupt notion, for, it seems, the whale’s belly itself could not cure him of it. It was his saying when he was in his own country, but it was a bad saying; yet here he stands to it, and, very unlike the other prophets, desires the woeful day which he had foretold and grieves because it does not come. Even Christ’s disciples know not what manner of spirit they are of; those did not who wished for fire from heaven upon the city that did not receive them, much less did Jonah, who wished for fire from heaven upon the city that did receive him. Jonah thinks he has reason to complain of that, when it is done, which he was before afraid of; so hard is it to get a root of bitterness plucked out of the mind, when once it is fastened there.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that we have to pray and ask God to help us to live right, to think right, and to act right. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot live the Christian life by myself, that is, in my own strength. And you can’t do it in your own strength, either. That is why we need to realize and pray as Zechariah did in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. Whether you know it or not, we cannot live this Christian life in our own power. We have got to allow Jesus Christ to live it through us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Timothy K. Jones. He said: "Recently I read again of a woman who simply decided one day to make such a commitment to pray, and my conscience was pricked. But I knew myself well enough to know that something other than resolve was being called for. I began to pray about praying. I expressed to God my frustrated longings, my jaded sense of caution about trying again, my sense of failure over working at being more disciplined and regular. I discovered something surprising happening from such simple praying: I was drawn into the presence of One who had, far more than I did, the power to keep me close. I found my focus subtly shifting away from my efforts to God’s, from rigor to grace, from rigidity to relationship. I soon realized that this was happening regularly. I was praying much more. I became less worried about the mechanics and methods, and in turn I was more motivated. And God so cares for us, I realized anew, that He Himself helps us pray. When we 'do not know what we ought to pray for… the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.'"

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 22 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from John R. R…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 23 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #516MP)


C.H. Spurgeon said, "If we cannot prevail with men for God, we will, at least, endeavor to prevail with God for men." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #457MP)

2013-06-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 0s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is I Peter 4:7 which reads: "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Isaac Watts. He said, "He that hears without ears understands us without our words. Yet as language is of absolute necessity in social prayer, that others may join with us in our addresses to God, so for the most part we find it necessary in secret, too, for there are few persons of so steady and fixed a power of meditation as to maintain warm devotion and to converse with God, or with themselves profitably, without words."…

x

Share: C.H. Spurgeon said, "If we cannot prevail with men for God, we will, at least, endeavor to prevail with God for men." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #457MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 22 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #515MP)

2013-06-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 18m 12s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jonah 4:2-3 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. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We see here that Jonah begins to justify himself in fleeing from the presence of the Lord, when he was first ordered to go to Nineveh, for which he had before, with good reason, condemned himself: “Lord,” said he, “was not this my saying when I was in my own country? Did I not foresee that if I went to preach to Nineveh they would repent, and thou wouldst forgive them, and then thy word would be reflected upon and reproached as yea and nay?” What a strange sort of man was Jonah, to dread the success of his ministry! Many have been tempted to withdraw from their work because they had despaired of doing good by it, but Jonah declined preaching because he was afraid of doing good by it; and still he persists in the same corrupt notion, for, it seems, the whale’s belly itself could not cure him of it. It was his saying when he was in his own country, but it was a bad saying; yet here he stands to it, and, very unlike the other prophets, desires the woeful day which he had foretold and grieves because it does not come. Even Christ’s disciples know not what manner of spirit they are of; those did not who wished for fire from heaven upon the city that did not receive them, much less did Jonah, who wished for fire from heaven upon the city that did receive him. Jonah thinks he has reason to complain of that, when it is done, which he was before afraid of; so hard is it to get a root of bitterness plucked out of the mind, when once it is fastened there.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that we have to pray and ask God to help us to live right, to think right, and to act right. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot live the Christian life by myself, that is, in my own strength. And you can’t do it in your own strength, either. That is why we need to realize and pray as Zechariah did in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. Whether you know it or not, we cannot live this Christian life in our own power. We have got to allow Jesus Christ to live it through us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Timothy K. Jones. He said: "Recently I read again of a woman who simply decided one day to make such a commitment to pray, and my conscience was pricked. But I knew myself well enough to know that something other than resolve was being called for. I began to pray about praying. I expressed to God my frustrated longings, my jaded sense of caution about trying again, my sense of failure over working at being more disciplined and regular. I discovered something surprising happening from such simple praying: I was drawn into the presence of One who had, far more than I did, the power to keep me close. I found my focus subtly shifting away from my efforts to God’s, from rigor to grace, from rigidity to relationship. I soon realized that this was happening regularly. I was praying much more. I became less worried about the mechanics and methods, and in turn I was more motivated. And God so cares for us, I realized anew, that He Himself helps us pray. When we 'do not know what we ought to pray for… the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.'"

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 22 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 22 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #515MP)


John Wesley said, "Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #456MP)

2013-06-12 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 17s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 16:24 which reads: "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John Stott. He said, "In prayer we do not “prevail on” God, but rather prevail on ourselves to submit to God. True, the language of “prevailing on God” is often used in regard to prayer, but it is an accommodation to human weakness. Even when Jacob “prevailed on God,” what really happened is that God prevailed over him, bringing him to the point of surrender when he was able to receive the blessing which God had all the time been longing to give Him."…

x

Share: John Wesley said, "Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #456MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 21 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #514MP)

2013-06-12 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 25m 39s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jonah 4:2-3 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. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Jonah quarreled with God about his situation. When his heart was hot within him, he spoke unadvisedly with his lips; and here he tells us what he said: He prayed unto the Lord, but it is a very awkward prayer, not like that which he prayed in the fish’s belly; for affliction teaches us to pray submissively, which Jonah now forgot to do. Being in discontent, he applied to the duty of prayer, as he used to do in his troubles, but his corruptions got head of his graces, and, when he should have been praying for benefit by the mercy of God himself, he was complaining of the benefit others had by that mercy. Nothing could be spoken more unbecomingly.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that we ought to pray because every now and then, we have to get down on our knees and confess our sins, faults, and failures to God. Now I know that some of you listening to me do not do bad things, but I have done some bad things in my life and every now and then, I have to get down on my knees and confess my sins before God in prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: "When God is about to bestow some great blessing on His church, it is often His manner, in the first place, so to order things in His providence as to show His church their great need of it, and to bring them into distress for want of it, and so put them upon crying earnestly to Him for it."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 21 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

When a group of Israelites were going back from Babylon to Jerusalem under Ezra the scribe, they proclaimed a fast at the river Ahava. There they afflicted themselves and fasted and prayed and begged God for protection from the bandit bands that roamed the country, since they were ashamed to ask the king for soldiers, having told him that God would care for them. And they prayed through, as Ezra 8:21-23 tells us, and God was entreated for them and protected them. They arrived safely and unharmed at Jerusalem.

The Jews fasted and prayed for God to spare their lives during the time of Queen Esther in Persia, and in three days and nights they prayed through and the Jews had salvation and then vengeance on their enemies. The people of Ninevah fasted and prayed, and God repented of the evil that He thought to do to their great city and did it not. Their fasting was not in order to get saved but that God would relent and not destroy the great wicked city as He had announced through Jonah that He would do. + Plus, listen to The City Harmonic singing "Manifesto"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 21 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #514MP)


Someone said, "Asking with shameless persistence, the importunity that will not be denied, returns with the answer in hand." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #455MP)

2013-06-11 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 46s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Zechariah 8:2-23 which reads: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Donald Whitney. He said, "Sometimes a failure to persist in prayer proves that we were not serious about our request in the first place. At other times God wants us to persist in prayer in order to strengthen our faith in Him. Faith would never grow if all prayers were answered immediately. Persistent prayer tends to develop deeper gratitude as well. As the joy of a baby’s birth is greater because of the months of anticipation, so is the joy of an answer to prayer after persistent praying. And as much as a generation that measures time in nanoseconds hates to admit its need for it, God crafts Christlike patience in us when He requires persistence in prayer."…

x

Share: Someone said, "Asking with shameless persistence, the importunity that will not be denied, returns with the answer in hand." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #455MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 20 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #513MP)

2013-06-11 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 24m 25s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. We are sometimes ready to fear that God's designs are all against us; but as to his own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end he has promised, which will be the best for them. When the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that he is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye me in vain.

My personal encouragement to you today is that God is not going to make you pray, but you ought to pray. God does not make you pray. But if you want to see souls saved in your ministry, if you want to see revival, if you want to see God bless your family and your children, if you want to see all of your needs met, then it is best for you to pray, it behooves you to pray—you ought to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Phillips Brooks. He said: "I hear men praying everywhere for more faith, but when I listen to them carefully, and get to the real heart of their prayer, very often it is not more faith at all that they are wanting, but a change from faith to sight. Faith says not, “I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it,” but, “God sent it, and so it must be good for me.” Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 18 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Daniel set his face to seek the Lord by prayer and supplication, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes in Daniel 9:3. He prayed through until the Angel Gabriel came and made known to Daniel the thing he was so greatly concerned about --- the future of the nation Israel which had so greatly sinned against God.

Again in the tenth chapter, Daniel prayed through, going for three full weeks without eating any pleasant bread, any meat or wine. Finally his prayer was answered and divine revelation was given to him, then his heart's burden was eased.

Nehemiah prayed through about the sad condition of the desolate city of Jerusalem during his captivity. Nehemiah 1:4 says, "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven."

Some of Nehemiah's prayer is given to us; how contritely he pled with God! But his prayer was heard, the heart of the king was touched, and God sent Nehemiah back to build the walls of the city so dear to his heart because he prayed through.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Anybody Wanna Pray?"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 20 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #513MP)


Someone said, "Persistent prayer is an enduring evidence of faith." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #454MP)

2013-06-10 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 11s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Ezekiel 22:30-31 which reads: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath; their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Alexander Strauch. He said, "Out of love for those you lead, commit yourself to improving your intercessory prayer. Ask yourself, If those I lead were dependent on my prayers, how would they do?"…

x

Share: Someone said, "Persistent prayer is an enduring evidence of faith." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #454MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #512MP)

2013-06-10 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 39m 44s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 1 Samuel 1:10 and 15 which reads: “And [Hannah] was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore...And Hannah answered [Eli] and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire...Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart's ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.

My personal encouragement to you today is that you need to let your children see you pray. Your children need to see you pray through the good times and the bad times. They need to see you pray constantly. They need to see you pray without ceasing. Not only should your children see you pray, let them hear you pray. In other words, pray out loud. Let them hear you call out their names in prayer. Pray for them and with them. Yes, indeed, men, women, boys, and girls ought to pray because we need God in our lives to help us do what He wants done in the world.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an John Piper. He said: "Without extended, concentrated prayer, the ministry of the Word withers. And when the ministry of the Word declines, faith and holiness decline. Activity may continue, but life and power and fruitfulness fade away. Therefore, whatever opposes prayer opposes the whole work of ministry."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Note some Bible examples of such persistent prayer by people who were Christians:

Read how Jacob wrestled with God and prevailed. Genesis 32:24-29 tells the story as follows: "And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there."

There is good evidence that Jacob had already trusted in the Lord. He had met God at Bethel, described in Genesis, chapter 28, but now Jacob prevailed with God and got a new name and a new blessing. He went out the next morning to meet Esau unafraid after all-night prayer and wrestling with God.

Jacob certainly prayed through about meeting his blood-thirsty brother, who had sworn to kill him. Christians have a right to pray through about their problems and burdens.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing "Prayer"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #512MP)


Hudson Taylor said, "It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #453MP)

2013-06-08 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 53s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Daniel 9:2-5 which reads: "In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Samuel Prime. He said, "It belongs to the very idea and nature of man to be in communion with God. It was once said to a useful minister, 'Sir, if you did not plough in your closet, you would not reap in your pulpit.'"…

x

Share: Hudson Taylor said, "It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #453MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #511MP)

2013-06-08 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 31m 21s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 86:7 which reads: "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

David was in a special manner earnest with God in prayer when he was in affliction. "In the day of my trouble, whatever others do, I will call upon thee, and commit my case to thee, for thou wilt hear and answer me, and I shall not seek in vain, as those did who cried, O Baal! hear us; but there was no voice, nor any that regarded.'’ It is thus our duty to pray always, without ceasing, and to continue instant in prayer; and then we may hope to have our prayers heard which we make in the time of trouble, if we have made conscience of the duty at other times, at all times. It is comfortable if an affliction finds the wheels of prayer a-going, and that they are not then to be set a-going.

My personal encouragement to you today is that you may ask me, Why do I need to pray more? My friend, isn’t it strange how that when God pours out His blessings upon us, instead of our getting more on fire for the Lord, we get cooler and cooler? And so, therefore, even with God’s blessings, you need to pray more. You need to understand that you don’t have the power to manage your life successfully. You need God’s direction, you need God’s power; you need His leadership in your life. No matter how much Bible you know, no matter how many Bible schools you have attended, you had better open your mouth and pray to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Edward Payson. He said: "If we would do much for God, we must ask much of God… I cannot insist on this too much. Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, and the third thing necessary for a minister, especially in seasons of revival… Pray, then, my dear brother, pray, pray, pray."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

CHRISTIANS OUGHT OFTEN TO "PRAY THROUGH" WITH LONG CONTINUED SUPPLICATIONS AND TO WAIT ON GOD UNTIL HE ANSWERS

Again we remind you that what is seasonable and proper in one case is not seasonable and proper in other cases. The Scriptures certainly teach that proper prayer for a Christian is far different from proper prayer for a lost sinner for salvation. On a matter which is already freely offered to everybody in the world, it is unbelief and rebellion not to believe God and accept what He offers. He has offered salvation to every person in the world who will receive it. But on other matters, we may never get the assurance of God's will, and that He will give us certain things, unless we wait on Him until He can work out His will in our lives. Persistent, believing, intercessory, agonizing prayer is proper for a Christian when he takes his burdens to God.

+ Plus, listen to The Katinas singing "Praying for You"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #511MP)


E.M. Bounds said, "Christians are not leaders because of brilliancy…but because, by the power of prayer, they could command the power of God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #452MP)

2013-06-07 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 30s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 26:39 which reads: "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, "Our enemy knows that when he strikes the shepherd, the sheep will scatter, and church leaders – even as the Lord Himself – are Satan’s special targets. The more faithful and fruitful a pastor is, the more his people need to pray for his strength and protection. He is more subject to the devil’s schemes to make him discouraged or self-satisfied, hopeless or superficially optimistic, cowardly or overconfident. Satan uses every situation – favorable or unfavorable, successful or unsuccessful – to try to weaken, distract, and discredit God’s gifted men in their work of “equipping of the saints for the work of service”."…

x

Share: E.M. Bounds said, "Christians are not leaders because of brilliancy…but because, by the power of prayer, they could command the power of God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #452MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #510MP)

2013-06-07 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 16:11 which reads: "Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Let us be ourselves encouraged to triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God’s name are allowed to glory in it, to value themselves upon their relation to God and venture themselves upon his promise to them [and his answers to prayer]. "Let the heart of those rejoice that seek the Lord, much more of those that have found him." Seek him, and his strength, and his face: that is, seek him by the ark of his strength, in which he manifests himself.

My personal encouragement to you today is that prayer is the only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Unknown Author. He said: "A preacher who prays little may see some results of his labors, but if he does it will be because someone, somewhere is praying for him. The “fruit” is the pray-er’s – not the preacher’s. How surprised some of us preachers will be one day, when the Lord shall “reward every man according to his works.” “Lord! Those were my converts! It was I who conducted that mission at which so many were brought into the fold.” Ah, yes – I did the preaching, the pleading, the persuading; but was it “I” who did the praying?"

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Someone says that when a child is born there must be a period of travail. Yes, but the child does not do the travailing but the mother. Scripture does not teach that unsaved people should travail; rather, it says in Isaiah 66:8, "As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." Christians need to travail over lost sinners, but lost sinners simply need to repent and trust Christ. Lost sinners do not need to "pray through"; they simply need to accept what Christ has already paid through for them. Salvation is instantly available for everyone who will accept it as a free gift of God, paid for by the blood of Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Lecrae singing "Praying for You"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #510MP)


Someone said, "A powerless pastor is a prayerless pastor." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #451MP)

2013-06-06 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 3s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7-8 which reads: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Mike Gilbart Smith. He said, "I have never known a pastor to be fired for prayerlessness, even though I expect that many justly could have been (myself included). There are at least three reasons for this. First, congregations rarely hold a pastor accountable for his devotional life. Second, pastors themselves too infrequently seek such accountability. Third, pastors can conceal the neglect of private duties more easily than the neglect of public duties. But what does such private neglect reveal? That a pastor fears man more than he fears God."…

x

Share: Someone said, "A powerless pastor is a prayerless pastor." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #451MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #509MP)

2013-06-06 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 19s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Peter 4:7 which reads: "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We have here an awful position or doctrine, and an inference drawn from it. The position is that the end of all things is at hand. The miserable destruction of the Jewish church and nation foretold by our Saviour is now very near; consequently, the time of their persecution and your sufferings is but very short. Your own life and that of your enemies will soon come to their utmost period. Nay, the world itself will not continue very long. The conflagration will put an end to it; and all things must be swallowed up in an endless eternity. The inference from this comprises a series of exhortations. First, to sobriety and watchfulness: "Be you therefore sober." Let the frame and temper of your minds be grave, stayed, and solid; and observe strict temperance and sobriety in the use of all worldly enjoyments. Do not suffer yourselves to be caught with your former sins and temptations. Second, watch unto prayer. Take care that you be continually in a calm sober disposition, fit for prayer; and that you be frequent in prayers, lest this end come upon you unawares. We learn the consideration of our approaching end is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religious affairs. Those who would pray to purpose must watch unto prayer. They must watch over their own spirits, watch all fit opportunities, and do their duty in the best manner they can.

My personal encouragement to you today is that 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 localchurch, 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 quote today is from Derek Prime and Alistair Begg. They said: "Prayer is the most effective means of pastoral care… We have been set apart as shepherds and teachers so that we may give time to intercessory prayer. It is no accident that the one present activity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, to which the New Testament refers is His continuing intercession for us. We are never closer to His heart than when we intercede in His Name for His sheep."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 15 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Acts 16:32-34 tells of the conversion of the Philippian jailer and his whole household. Read it for yourself and you will see that there was no time of mourning or weeping. In fact, from the time the earthquake came at midnight and the time the whole family was saved and baptized and Paul and Barnabus had their backs washed and supper prepared, it was not yet day. The whole family was taught the Word of the Lord, was won to Christ, was taken out and baptized, the apostles had their backs washed and ate a good meal before morning!

No, the mourner's bench plan of salvation is not in the Bible. I mean the Bible does not teach that one needs to take a long period of time to find God. God's way is for the sinner to penitently turn his heart from his sins, to trust in Jesus Christ, then he is instantly saved.

I mean no unkindness to good and earnest people who are anxious for sinners to be "genuinely saved". I am anxious, too, for them to be saved. But I remind you that the genuineness of their salvation does not depend on how long they pray. When God does the saving, He does it genuinely.

A lady not long ago said about another, "I believe that she is thoroughly saved." Well, thoroughly saved is t…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #509MP)


Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP

2013-06-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss . She said, "I am convinced that prayerlessness: Is a sin against God; Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ; Is direct disobedience to the Word of God; Makes me vulnerable to temptation; Expresses independence – no need for God; Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes; Results in powerlessness; Limits (and defines) my relationship with God; Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction; Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do); Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled; Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline and Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others."…

x

Share: Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP


How to Pray Through, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #509MP)

2013-06-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 24m 2s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 55:17, which reads: “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

David perseveres in his resolution to pray frequently, every day, and three times a day—evening, and morning, and at noon. It is probable that this had been his constant practice, and he resolves to continue it now that he is in his distress. Then we may come the more boldly to the throne of grace in trouble when we do not then first begin to seek acquaintance with God, but it is what we have constantly practised, and the trouble finds the wheels of prayer going. Those that think three meals a day little enough for the body ought much more to think three solemn prayers a day little enough for the soul, and to count it a pleasure, not a task. As it is fit that in the morning we should begin the day with God, and in the evening close it with him, so it is fit that in the midst of the day we should retire awhile to converse with him. It was Daniel’s practice to pray three times a day, and noon was one of Peter’s hours of prayer. Let not us be weary of praying often, for God is not weary of hearing.

My personal encouragement to you today is that 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 quote today is from George Muller. He said: "In every good work, we must depend on the Lord. If anyone rises so that he may give the time which he takes from sleep to prayer and meditation, let him be sure that Satan will try to put obstacles in the way."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 14 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Acts 13:6-12 we have the story of the conversion of the deputy, Sergius Paulus at Paphos in Crete. Paul and Barnabus preached to him and we are told: "Then the deputy when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

That was certainly an instantaneous conversion, wasn't it?

In Acts 16:14-15, we are told how Lydia was converted: "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us."

It was as simple as this: God opened her heart and she believed and was saved. That seems to have been a very quiet conversion, but it was certainly genuine. And there was no long process of mourning and wailing or waiting and begging God in her case. God opened her heart, and she saw she was a sinner and trusted Christ. Paul was convinced, and she got baptized.

+ Plus, listen to the City Harmonic singing Manifesto…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #509MP)


Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP

2013-06-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss . She said, "I am convinced that prayerlessness: Is a sin against God; Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ; Is direct disobedience to the Word of God; Makes me vulnerable to temptation; Expresses independence – no need for God; Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes; Results in powerlessness; Limits (and defines) my relationship with God; Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction; Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do); Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled; Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline and Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others."…

x

Share: Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP


Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP

2013-06-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss . She said, "I am convinced that prayerlessness: Is a sin against God; Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ; Is direct disobedience to the Word of God; Makes me vulnerable to temptation; Expresses independence – no need for God; Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes; Results in powerlessness; Limits (and defines) my relationship with God; Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction; Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do); Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled; Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline and Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others."…

x

Share: Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP


Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP

2013-06-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss . She said, "I am convinced that prayerlessness: Is a sin against God; Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ; Is direct disobedience to the Word of God; Makes me vulnerable to temptation; Expresses independence – no need for God; Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes; Results in powerlessness; Limits (and defines) my relationship with God; Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction; Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do); Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled; Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline and Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others."…

x

Share: Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP


Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP

2013-06-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss . She said, "I am convinced that prayerlessness: Is a sin against God; Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ; Is direct disobedience to the Word of God; Makes me vulnerable to temptation; Expresses independence – no need for God; Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes; Results in powerlessness; Limits (and defines) my relationship with God; Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction; Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do); Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled; Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline and Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others."…

x

Share: Bill Thrasher said, "It was a great breakthrough to realize that God was not necessarily leading me to pray for everything with equal intensity...To learn to let God set the agenda of our prayer life will resurrect it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #450MP


D.L. Moody said, "Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #449MP)

2013-06-04 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 11s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from an Unknown Author. He said, "We may work for Christ from morn till night; we may spend much time in Bible study; we may be most earnest and faithful and “acceptable” in our preaching and in our individual dealing, but none of these things can be truly effective unless we are much in prayer. We shall only be full of good works; and not “bearing fruit in every good work." To be little with God in prayer is to be little for God in service. Much secret prayer means much public power. Yet is it not a fact that whilst our organizing is well nigh perfect, our agonizing in prayer is well nigh lost?"…

x

Share: D.L. Moody said, "Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #449MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 14 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #508MP)

2013-06-04 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 28m 36s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 18:1 which reads: "And he [Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

This parable has its key hanging at the door; the drift and design of it are prefixed. Christ spoke it with this intent, to teach us that men ought always to pray and not to faint. It supposes that all God’s people are praying people; all God’s children keep up both a constant and an occasional correspondence with him, send to him statedly, and upon every emergency. It is our privilege and honour that we may pray. It is our duty; we ought to pray, we sin if we neglect it. It is to be our constant work; we ought always to pray, it is that which the duty of every day requires. We must pray, and never grow weary of praying, nor think of leaving it off till it comes to be swallowed up in everlasting praise. But that which seems particularly designed here is to teach us constancy and perseverance in our requests for some spiritual mercies that we are in pursuit of, relating either to ourselves or to the church of God. When we are praying for strength against our spiritual enemies, our lusts and corruptions, which are our worst enemies, we must continue instant in prayer, must pray and not faint, for we shall not seek God’s face in vain. So we must likewise in our prayers for the deliverance of the people of God out of the hands of their persecutors and oppressors.

My personal encouragement to you today is 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 quote today is from Samuel Chadwick. He said: "The reason so many people do not pray is because of its cost. The cost is not so much in the sweat of agonizing supplication as in the daily fidelity to the life of prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 13 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Luke 23:42-43, we have the simple story of the conversion of the dying thief on the cross in these words: "And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

In a prayer of nine words, the dying thief was saved, and the entire account takes only two verses. And if there was ever a poor wicked sinner who ought to have to beg for salvation, it would have been this condemned criminal who deserved to die by his own admission. Yet he simply called on Jesus and instantly got salvation.

In the book of Acts we find many examples of how people were saved. Poor Cornelius, in heathen darkness and ignorance, fasted and prayed and begged God, but it did no good. God told him to send for Peter who would tell him words "whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved." Peter started a good sermon, but just as soon as he said that "whosever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins," Cornelius and his whole family were converted. They trusted Christ and were instantly saved. All the weeping and mourning did no good for him, and it never did any good for anybody else, as far as getting them saved is concerned. I am glad Cornelius was earnest, sincere and sorry for his sins. I do not mind tears when a sinner turns to Christ. But remember that God is instantly ready to save anybody who will trust Him.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing "Prayer"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 14 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #508MP)


C.H. Vaughn said, "If I wished to humble anyone, I should question him about his prayers. I know nothing to compare with the topic for its sorrowful confessions." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #448MP)

2013-06-03 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for 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 any thing in my name, I will do it."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Carl F.H. Henry. He said, "Whoever only speaks of God, but never or seldom to God, easily leases body and soul to idols. The Christian thus places his whole future in jeopardy by a stunted prayer life."…

x

Share: C.H. Vaughn said, "If I wished to humble anyone, I should question him about his prayers. I know nothing to compare with the topic for its sorrowful confessions." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #448MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 13 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #507MP)

2013-06-03 :: The Prayer Motivator MinuteOur prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 6:12 which reads: "And it came to pass in those days, that he [Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God." Allow me to share
Length: 29m 16s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 6:12 which reads: "And it came to pass in those days, that he [Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Jesus was long alone with God: He continued all night in prayer. We think one half hour a great deal to spend in the duties of the closet; but Christ continued a whole night in meditation and secret prayer. We have a great deal of business at the throne of grace, and we should take a great delight in communion with God, and by both these we may be kept sometimes long at prayer. In his family we have him nominating his immediate attendants, that should be the constant auditors of his doctrine and eye-witnesses of his miracles, that hereafter they might be sent forth as apostles, his messengers to the world, to preach his gospel to it, and plant his church in it. After he had continued all night in prayer, one would have thought that, when it was day, he should have reposed himself, and got some sleep. No, as soon as any body was stirring, he called unto him his disciples. In serving God, our great care should be, not to lose time, but to make the end of one good duty the beginning of another. Ministers are to be ordained with prayer more than ordinarily solemn.

My personal encouragement to you today is that prayer invites God’s power into our lives, our families, our communities, our churches, and our countries like nothing else can. When we pray, we are openly acknowledging that God can do the things that He says He can do, and we are opening the door for Him to accomplish those things.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said: "A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

THE BIBLE GIVES EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO WERE SAVED INSTANTLY WITHOUT "PRAYING THROUGH"

The woman at the well of Sychar in Samaria was saved as Jesus talked to her. When Jesus led the woman to be convicted of her sins and said unto her, when she mentioned the Messiah in John 4:26, "I that speak unto thee am he", the woman at once left her waterpot and ran away to win others to Christ and to bring the men out of the city to see Him! There was certainly not any mourner's bench, any wailing and pleading and begging before she was saved!

We are told that many of the Samaritans of the city were saved even before they could get out to see Jesus. And others, just as soon as they got out to the well and heard Him, were saved and told the woman so!

In Luke 18:13-14, Jesus tells about the conversion of the publican in the Temple in the following brief words: "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

A prayer of seven words, and the poor sinner went home already saved! Certainly there was no so-called "praying through" there.

+ Plus, listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman singing "Let Us Pray"Avalon singing "If My People Pray"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 13 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #507MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #506MP)

2013-06-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 26m 33s

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 show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry''s Commentary:

When the heavens and the earth were finished, then, and not till then, the creator is called Jehovah. How this comfort must be obtained and fetched in—by prayer: "Call upon me, and I will answer them." The prophet, Jeremiah, having received some intimations of this kind, must be humbly earnest with God for further discoveries of his kind intentions. He had prayed, but he must pray again. Note, those that expect to receive comforts from God must continue instant in prayer. We must call upon him, and then he will answer us. Christ himself must ask, and it shall be given him. I will show thee great and mighty things (give thee a clear and full prospect of them), hidden things, which, though in part discovered already, yet thou knowest not, thou canst not understand or give credit to. Or this may refer not only to the prediction of these things which Jeremiah, if he desire it, shall be favoured with, but to the performance of the things themselves which the people of God, encouraged by this prediction, must pray for. Promises are given, not to supersede, but to quicken and encourage prayer.

My personal encouragement to you today is that it is a crime for a head of household to leave their house without first praying with their family.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.C. Ryle. He said: "And here it is, I say it with sorrow, here it is that men fall short so miserably. Few indeed are to be found who pray: there are many who go down on their knees, and say a form perhaps, but few who pray; few who cry out to God, few who call on the Lord, few who seek as if they wanted to find, few who knock as if they hungered and thirsted, few who wrestle, few who strive with God earnestly for an answer, few who give Him no rest, few who continue in prayer, few who pray always without ceasing and do not grow weak. Yes: few pray! It is just one of the things assumed as a matter of course, but seldom practiced; a thing which is everybody's business, but in fact hardly anybody performs." Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice. THE BIBLE GIVES EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO WERE SAVED INSTANTLY WITHOUT "PRAYING THROUGH" The second way to prove that a sinner need not pray through in order to be saved is by Bible examples. And Bible examples, just as surely as Bible precepts and promises, show that when a sinner is saved, he is saved instantly, without a long period of mourning or pleading trying to touch the heart of an indifferent God or trying to work up his own soul to the proper state so God can save him. How delightfully simple are the cases of salvation described in the Bible! Note in John 1:40-42 how Simon Peter was saved: "One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone." When Peter got to Jesus, he was saved because he got to Jesus in the heart as well as in the body. Philip was saved, evidently, when in John 1:43 Jesus said, "findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me." Then we learn of the salvation of Nathanael. The new convert Philip went and got Nathanael and brought him to Jesus. One question to Jesus and all his doubts were removed and Nathanael was saved according to John 1:45-49. In those cases there was certainly not any time of mourning, wailing, we…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #506MP)


Phillips Brooks said, "If man is man, and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing; it is an infinitely foolish thing." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #447MP)

2013-06-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 2m 32s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Mark 11:24 which reads: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from William Patton. He said, "God has made gravity a law in one realm, he has made prayer a law in a higher realm, and it is even greater folly to ignore the latter than the former."…

x

Share: Phillips Brooks said, "If man is man, and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing; it is an infinitely foolish thing." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #447MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #505MP)

2013-05-31 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:17 which reads: "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

This instance with Elijah of the extraordinary efficacy of prayer is recorded for encouragement even to ordinary Christians to be instant and earnest in prayer. God never says to any of the seed of Jacob, Seek my face in vain. If Elijah by prayer could do such great and wonderful things, surely the prayers of no righteous man shall return void. Where there may not be so much of a miracle in God’s answering our prayers, yet there may be as much of grace.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John MacNaughtan. He said: "[Prayer] is generally neglected; just as if the clear statements of Scripture regarding the potency, the almost miraculous efficacy of prayer, were designed as a pillow on which the church might slumber, rather than as a mighty stimulus to rouse to heroic achievements and urge on to glorious efforts in the cause of the Redeemer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Years ago at Marquette Manor Baptist Church in Chicago, a young man came forward wanting to be saved. He was from Tennessee where they were accustomed to the mourners' bench and to long waiting on God and begging God for salvation. His mother had shouted when she was saved; he, too, felt he must shout or he would not know he was saved. I told him that he only had to trust Christ. Then I asked dear Mr. Frank Sheriff of the Christian Business Men's Committee to take the Bible and show the young man how to be saved.

They went to the inquiry room and spent a good long while together. After the services this young man came back with Mr. Sheriff. The Bible had done its blessed work. He shook my hand and said, "Brother Rice, I don't feel like I wanted to feel, but the Bible says I am saved!"

You may be sure he was saved. When he trusted in Christ, he got everlasting life. If he went on to serve the Lord and win souls, and grow in grace, he had all the joy and blessed emotion that he needed. But the emotional crisis is not the sure proof of salvation. Simple trusting in Christ's Word, in His blood, in His love, in His atonement, is the one sure way to be saved.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Anybody Wanna Pray"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #505MP)


Samuel Chadwick said, "Hurry is the death of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #446MP)

2013-05-31 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 47s

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 for today is from John Calvin. He said, "To know God as the Master and Bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of Him, and still not go to Him and ask of Him – this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him."…

x

Share: Samuel Chadwick said, "Hurry is the death of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #446MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 10 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #504MP)

2013-05-29 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:17 which reads: "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

The power of prayer is here proved from the success of Elijah. This may be encouraging to us even in common cases, if we consider that Elijah was a man of like passions with us. He was a zealous good man and a very great man, but he had his infirmities, and was subject to disorder in his passions as well as others. In prayer we must not look to the merit of man, but to the grace of God. Only in this we should copy after Elijah, that he prayed earnestly, or, as it is in the original, in prayer he prayed. It is not enough to say a prayer, but we must pray in prayer. Our thoughts must be fixed, our desires firm and ardent, and our graces in exercise; and, when we thus pray in prayer, we shall speed in prayer. Elijah prayed that it might not rain; and God heard him in his pleading against an idolatrous persecuting country, "so that it rained not on the earth for the space of three years and six months. Again he prayed, and the heaven gave rain." Thus you see prayer is the key which opens and shuts heaven.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from D.A. Carson. He said: "What is both surprising and depressing is the sheer prayerlessness that characterizes so much of the Western church. It is surprising, because it is out of step with the Bible that portrays what Christian living should be; it is depressing, because it frequently coexists with abounding Christian activity that somehow seems hollow, frivolous and superficial."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 10 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

So we see that the Bible promises never picture salvation as a long, drawn-out process of those who plead long enough, who mourn long enough, who persist until they touch the heart of a careless and indifferent God. By all the promises of the Bible, the sinner who turns in his heart to trust Christ is instantly saved. So praying through for a lost sinner is never necessary to his salvation.

Do not misunderstand me. I did not say that those who wait long before God and pray much never get saved. I am sure that they often do. But they never get saved until they trust. And if they had put the trusting at the first end of their pleading instead of at the last end, they would have been saved at once, and would have saved all that delay, that sinful rejection of Christ while they pleaded.

The one sure and blessed way to be saved is to take God's Word for it that when you in your heart turn from sin to trust in Christ Jesus, you already have everlasting life.

+ Plus, listen to Jessy Dixon singing "I Know What Prayer Can Do"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 10 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #504MP)


D.L. Moody said, "Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #445MP)

2013-05-29 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 50s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 15:16 which reads: "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Ole Hallesby. He said, "Helplessness united with faith produces prayer, for without faith there can be no prayer."…

x

Share: D.L. Moody said, "Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #445MP)


C.H. Spurgeon said, "Desires are the soul and life of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #444MP)

2013-05-28 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 21s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 15:16 which reads: "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Ole Hallesby. He said, "Helplessness united with faith produces prayer, for without faith there can be no prayer."…

x

Share: C.H. Spurgeon said, "Desires are the soul and life of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #444MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #503MP)

2013-05-28 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 26m 33s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:17 which reads: "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

The great advantage and efficacy of prayer are declared and proved: "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much," whether he pray for himself or for others: witness the example of Elias. He who prays must be a righteous man; not righteous in an absolute sense (for this Elias was not, who is here made a pattern to us), but righteous in a gospel sense; not loving nor approving of any iniquity. "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear my prayer." Further, the prayer itself must be a fervent, in-wrought, well-wrought prayer. It must be a pouring out of the heart to God; and it must proceed from a faith unfeigned. Such prayer avails much. It is of great advantage to ourselves, it may be very beneficial to our friends, and we are assured of its being acceptable to God. It is good having those for friends whose prayers are available in the sight of God.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said: "The great Heavenly Banker will not cash checks for us if our motives are not right. Is not this why so many fail in prayer? Christ’s name is the revelation of His character. To pray “in His name” is to pray in His character, as His representative sent by Him: it is to pray by His Spirit and according to His will; to have His approval in our asking, to seek what He seeks, to ask help to do what He Himself would wish to be done, and to desire to do it not for our own glorification, but for His glory alone. To pray “in His name” we must have identity of interests and purpose. Self and its aims and desires must be entirely controlled by God’s Holy Spirit, so that our wills are in complete harmony with Christ’s will."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 9 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Romans 10:13 we are told, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

But to call, in the sense of that verse, simply means to call once. It is not a prolonged begging and pleading. Nothing like that is taught in that verse or any other Bible verse. The soul that asks Jesus for mercy gets it. The very asking is simple evidence of the faith in the heart, a willingness to receive what God has long been offering the sinner. It is not that any certain outward calling is necessary to salvation, for it is not. Rather, one who calls on the Lord shows, proves he has trusted. In the following verse, Romans 10:14 explains, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?"

One who calls on Christ has already trusted Him, and the calling is simply the evidence and proof of the faith that instantly saves. The one who calls has already trusted.

Again, a similar thought is involved in the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:32, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven."

One who claims Christ is saved. Certainly, it does not take long to own or claim Christ. Again, it is not the confession that saves. Joseph of Arimathaea was a disciple of Christ, and was saved, though he was a secret disciple and had never openly confessed Christ. Confession does not save. Rather, it is the proof that one has trusted Christ in the heart. As little time as it takes a poor sinner to claim Christ as Saviour, in less time than that he has looked to the Saviour, trusted Him in the heart, and has been saved.

+ Plus, l…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #503MP)


The Kneeling Christian said, "Unless the heart is right the prayer must be wrong." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #443MP)

2013-05-27 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse for 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 for today is from Jeremy Taylor. He said, "Easiness of desire is a great enemy to the success of a good man's prayer. It must be an intent, zealous, busy, operative prayer. For consider what a huge indecency it is that a man should speak to God for a thing that he values not. Our prayers upbraid our spirits when we beg tamely for those things for which we ought to die. Things which are more precious than Imperial Scepters, richer than the spoils of the sea or the treasures of the Indian hills."…

x

Share: The Kneeling Christian said, "Unless the heart is right the prayer must be wrong." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #443MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 8 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #502MP)

2013-05-27 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 14s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 1 Samuel 1:10 and 15 which reads: “And [Hannah] was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore...And Hannah answered [Eli] and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire...Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart's ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an John Stott. He said: "Because [prayer for the church] is secret and therefore unrewarded by men, we shall only undertake it if we long for their spiritual welfare more than for their thanks."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 8 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Many other Scriptures which deal with the plan of salvation make it clear that it is instantaneous.

For instance, John 6:37 says, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

That coming is by faith, of course, a believing act of the heart. It is another way of saying the same thing. But it does not say, "Him that cometh and keeps on coming and keeps on coming unto me, I will in no wise cast out." No! There is no time element in that coming. The instant a sinner in his heart comes to God, he has salvation.

Just so in John 1:12, which says, "As many as received him", were saved. And the receiving is simply to say "yes" to Jesus and let Him come into the heart. It could not possibly require any prolonged process. When the door is unlocked, the Saviour comes in. When the heart says "yes", the Saviour does what He has longed to do and has been begging to be allowed to do.

+ Plus, listen to Daitrick Haddon singing "Prayer Changes Things"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 8 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #502MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501MP)

2013-05-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 24m 40s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Peter 3:12 which reads: "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

This verse shows that Christians need not fear that patient inoffensive behaviour as is prescribed will invite and encourage the cruelty of their enemies, for God will thereby be engaged on their side: "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous." He takes special notice of them, exercises a providential constant government over them, and bears a special respect and affection to them. "His ears are open to their prayers;" so that if any injuries be offered to them they have this remedy, they may complain of it to their heavenly Father, whose ears are always attentive to the prayers of his servants in their distresses, and who will certainly aid them against their unrighteous enemies. "But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil;" his anger, and displeasure, and revenge, will pursue them; for he is more an enemy to wicked persecutors than men are. We observe here that God hath a special care and paternal affection towards all his righteous people and He doth always hear the prayers of the faithful. Though God is infinitely good, yet he abhors impenitent sinners, and will pour out his wrath upon those that do evil. He will do himself right, and do all the world justice; and his goodness is no obstruction to his doing so.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Jerry Bridges. He said: "Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God. If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers. Our prayers would become nothing more than wishes. But while God’s sovereignty, along with his wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him, prayer is the expression of that trust."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

BIBLE PROOF TEXTS THAT A SINNER NEED NEVER PRAY THROUGH TO BE SAVED

There are two kinds of proof in the Bible that a sinner need never pray through in order to be saved.

First, the plain precepts showing the plan of salvation. Again the Scriptures make it clear that instant salvation is available to those who believe. Consider the following:

John 1:12 states, " But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

John 3:16 states, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:18 states, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

John 3:36 states, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 5:24 states, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

John 6:40 states, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 6:47 states, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."

Acts 10:43 states, "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins."

Acts 13:39 states, "And by him all that believe are justif…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #501MP)


George Muller said, "Public prayer will never make up for closet communion." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #442MP)

2013-05-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 39s

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is Psalm 118:5 which reads: "I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, "Personal working for souls is good. Giving money is good. But praying is best of all. By prayer we reach Him without whom work and money are alike in vain. We obtain the aid of the Holy Spirit. Money can hire workers. Universities can give learning. Congregations may elect. Bishops may ordain. But the Holy Spirit alone can make ministers of the Gospel, and raise up lay workmen in the spiritual harvest, who need not be ashamed. Never, never may we forget that if we would do good to the world, our first duty is to pray!"…

x

Share: George Muller said, "Public prayer will never make up for closet communion." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #442MP)


Melvin Tinker said, "Prayer is very hard work, why else is the prayer meeting the worst attended meeting in any church? For that is where the battle is." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #441MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 2s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 28:9 which reads: "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said, "We feel sure that the weakness in the spiritual life of many churches is to be traced to an inefficient prayer-meeting, or the absence of meetings for prayer. Daily matins and evensong, even when reverent and without the unseemly haste which is so often associated with them, cannot take the place of less formal gatherings for prayer, in which everyone may take part. Can we not make the weekly prayer-meeting a live thing and a living force?"…

x

Share: Melvin Tinker said, "Prayer is very hard work, why else is the prayer meeting the worst attended meeting in any church? For that is where the battle is." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #441MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #500MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 26m 12s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 27:8 which reads: "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We notice from this verse the kind of invitation of a gracious God to this duty: "Thou saidst, Seek you my face;" it is not only permission, but a precept; and his commanding us to seek implies a promise of finding; for he is too kind to say, "Seek you me in vain." God calls us to seek his face in our conversion to him and in our converse with him. He calls us, by the whispers of his Spirit to and with our spirits, to seek his face; he calls us by his word, by the stated returns of opportunities for his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflictive. When we are foolishly making our court to lying vanities God is, in love to us, calling us in him to seek our own mercies. We notice the ready compliance of a gracious soul with this invitation. The call is immediately returned: "My heart answered, Thy face, Lord, will I seek." The call was general; "Seek you my face;’’ but, like David, we must apply it to ourselves, "I will seek it.’’ The word does us no good when we transfer it to others, and do not ourselves accept the exhortation. The call was, "Seek you my face;" the answer is express, "Thy face, Lord, will I seek." Behold, Lord, we come unto thee.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Unknown Author. He said: "The simple fact is, we are too vague and, as a consequence, too indifferent in our prayers and prayer meetings. We do not seem like people asking for what they want, and waiting for what they ask. This is what destroys our prayer meetings, rendering them pithless, pointless, powerless; turning them into teaching or talking meetings, rather than deep-toned, earnest prayer meetings."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 6 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

The truth is that no sinner ever sought God but that God had been seeking him long before. No sinner ever became willing to be saved but that God was willing all the time, even while the sinner was yet a rebel. If God has already provided for the salvation of every sinner who will trust Christ, and if He has freely offered salvation and promised it instantly to those who trust Christ, then a sinner can be instantly saved; and there is never any reason for a sinner to delay salvation a moment.

In fact, persistent praying and mourning and pleading on the part of a sinner are sometimes outright sin. It is a human substitution for the one thing God commanded him to do. God commands that the sinner repent. And that means, not a long period of penance, as Roman Catholics translate the word in their Bible, but an instant turning of heart from sin to Christ. God commands that every sinner everywhere look to Jesus and be saved. And if you spend your time pleading instead of accepting freely what God has already offered, you not only disobey God, but you make Him a liar, indicating He is unwilling to give what He has plainly promised. The only way a lost sinner can obey the Lord in this matter is to trust Christ instantly and depend on Him for salvation, believing that He does, yea, has already done, what He promised to do, as soon as the sinner trusts in Him.

In Dallas, Texas, in an open air revival one night a number of people came to trust in Christ. They came to the front to take my hand, after a clear Bible message, and after the invitation had made it insistently plain that they were simply to turn their hearts from sin and trust in Christ for salvation and a new heart and everlasting life. Those who came forward were dealt with by me personally. In a few words I probed into their hearts the best I could to see that they came admitting they we…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #500MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #499MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 33m 40s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 27:8 which reads: "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

David expresses his desire towards God, in many petitions. If he cannot now go up to the house of the Lord, yet, wherever he is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. He humbly bespeaks, because he firmly believes he shall have, a gracious audience: "Hear, O Lord, when I cry, not only with my heart, but, as one in earnest, with my voice too.’’ He bespeaks also an answer of peace, which he expects, not from his own merit, but God’s goodness: "Have mercy upon me, and answer me." If we pray and believe, God will graciously hear and answer. He takes hold of the kind invitation God had given him to this duty. It is presumption for us to come into the presence of the King of kings uncalled, nor can we draw near with any assurance unless he hold forth to us the golden sceptre. David therefore going to pray fastens, in his thoughts, upon the call God had given him to the throne of his grace, and reverently touches, as it were, the top of the golden sceptre which was thereby held out to him.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.B. Johnson. He said: "The prayer meeting answers to this demand of the spiritual brotherhood, with more exclusiveness and direct fitness than any other ordinance of religious worship… There is a power in conferring and covenanting, on the part of kindred spirits, to come before God, and plead together some special promise… The prayer meeting is a divine ordinance, founded in man’s social nature… The prayer meeting is a special means of developing and cultivating Christian graces, and of promoting individual and social edification."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

There is no special way a person has to feel in order to be saved. There is no special experience one has to go through emotionally in order to be saved. One who believes in Christ, in the sense of committal, dependence, trust, is already born again. Thus some people are saved who do not remember any emotional crisis and cannot prove by their experience emotionally that they are saved.

People often say, "I know I am saved because I was there when it happened." That sounds good, but that is not the Bible way to tell that you are saved. I was there when I was born the first time, too, but I do not remember anything about it. I would not know the day I was born, nor who my father was, nor who my mother was, nor who the doctor was, nor how much I weighed, from the simple fact that I was there when it happened. No, the truth of the matter is that I took Mother's word for it. She cherished the day carefully, and it was she who taught me to call her "Mama," and to call my daddy "Papa," and to remember December 11th as my birthday. So I take my first birth and the details about it on the authority of one who knows. And that is the only sure way to know about the second birth, too. God's Word tells me that if I trusted Him, I am saved, forgiven. And that is the sure evidence.

To be sure, I later found that there were certain physical similarities and mental and spiritual similarities between my mother and my father and me. I have evidence within me that I am their child.

And so a Christian may have evidence in his own heart that there has been a change, that he is born again. But he must not depend upon his own observation nor opinions in such matters. Let him have the twofold witness: first, from the Word of God that when he trusts Christ he is saved; and second, of this Holy Spirit within him that tell…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #499MP)


J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 48s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Henry T. Blackaby. He said, "All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven."…

x

Share: J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)


J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 48s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Henry T. Blackaby. He said, "All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven."…

x

Share: J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)


J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 48s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Henry T. Blackaby. He said, "All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven."…

x

Share: J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)


J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 48s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Henry T. Blackaby. He said, "All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven."…

x

Share: J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)


J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)

2013-05-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 48s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God for today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Henry T. Blackaby. He said, "All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven."…

x

Share: J.B. Johnston said, "The prayer meeting furnishes a very accurate discriminating test of character. The live Christian loves its enjoyments; the spiritually dead have no delights there." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #440MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498MP)

2013-05-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 27m 1s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 27:8 which reads: "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

David expresses his desire towards God, in many petitions. If he cannot now go up to the house of the Lord, yet, wherever he is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. He humbly bespeaks, because he firmly believes he shall have, a gracious audience: "Hear, O Lord, when I cry, not only with my heart, but, as one in earnest, with my voice too.’’ He bespeaks also an answer of peace, which he expects, not from his own merit, but God’s goodness: "Have mercy upon me, and answer me." If we pray and believe, God will graciously hear and answer. He takes hold of the kind invitation God had given him to this duty. It is presumption for us to come into the presence of the King of kings uncalled, nor can we draw near with any assurance unless he hold forth to us the golden sceptre. David therefore going to pray fastens, in his thoughts, upon the call God had given him to the throne of his grace, and reverently touches, as it were, the top of the golden sceptre which was thereby held out to him.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.B. Johnson. He said: "The prayer meeting answers to this demand of the spiritual brotherhood, with more exclusiveness and direct fitness than any other ordinance of religious worship… There is a power in conferring and covenanting, on the part of kindred spirits, to come before God, and plead together some special promise… The prayer meeting is a divine ordinance, founded in man’s social nature… The prayer meeting is a special means of developing and cultivating Christian graces, and of promoting individual and social edification."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

There is no special way a person has to feel in order to be saved. There is no special experience one has to go through emotionally in order to be saved. One who believes in Christ, in the sense of committal, dependence, trust, is already born again. Thus some people are saved who do not remember any emotional crisis and cannot prove by their experience emotionally that they are saved.

People often say, "I know I am saved because I was there when it happened." That sounds good, but that is not the Bible way to tell that you are saved. I was there when I was born the first time, too, but I do not remember anything about it. I would not know the day I was born, nor who my father was, nor who my mother was, nor who the doctor was, nor how much I weighed, from the simple fact that I was there when it happened. No, the truth of the matter is that I took Mother's word for it. She cherished the day carefully, and it was she who taught me to call her "Mama," and to call my daddy "Papa," and to remember December 11th as my birthday. So I take my first birth and the details about it on the authority of one who knows. And that is the only sure way to know about the second birth, too. God's Word tells me that if I trusted Him, I am saved, forgiven. And that is the sure evidence.

To be sure, I later found that there were certain physical similarities and mental and spiritual similarities between my mother and my father and me. I have evidence within me that I am their child.

And so a Christian may have evidence in his own heart that there has been a change, that he is born again. But he must not depend upon his own observation nor opinions in such matters. Let him have the twofold witness: first, from the Word of God that when he trusts Christ he is saved; and second, of this Holy Spirit within him that tell…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #498MP)


Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)

2013-05-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is 1 Samuel 12:23 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from A.W. Tozer. He said, "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."…

x

Share: Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)


Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)

2013-05-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is 1 Samuel 12:23 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from A.W. Tozer. He said, "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."…

x

Share: Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)


Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)

2013-05-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is 1 Samuel 12:23 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from A.W. Tozer. He said, "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."…

x

Share: Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)


Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)

2013-05-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is 1 Samuel 12:23 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from A.W. Tozer. He said, "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."…

x

Share: Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)


Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)

2013-05-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse for today from the Word of God is 1 Samuel 12:23 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from A.W. Tozer. He said, "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."…

x

Share: Someone once said, "Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit – there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #439MP)


Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)

2013-05-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: "So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said, "I have known men…who have been utterly, entirely orthodox, but the churches to which they belonged not only did not have prayer meetings, but they did not believe in prayer meetings. You could not wish for anything better from the standpoint of orthodoxy, but they do not believe in prayer meetings. Prayer has very little place in their lives. Now while they may be orthodox, I take leave to suggest that they are not truly evangelical. This element of prayer is essential to the evangelical; it is his life; it is vital to him."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #497MP)

2013-05-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 26m 30s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Zechariah 13:9 which reads: "And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

When Jerusalem and Judea were destroyed, all the Christians in that country, having among them the warning Christ gave them to flee to the mountains, shifted for their own safety, and were sheltered in a city called Pella, on the other side Jordan. We have here first the trials and then the triumphs of the Christian church, and of all the faithful members of it. Their trials: "I will bring that third part through the fire of affliction. and will refine and try them as silver and gold are refined and tried." This was fulfilled in the persecutions of the primitive church, the fiery trial which tried the people of God then. Those whom God sets apart for himself must pass through a probation and purification in this world; they must be tried that their faith may be found to praise and honour, as Abraham’s faith was when it was tried by the command given him to offer up Isaac - God said to him, "Now know I that thou fearest me." They must be tried, that both those that are perfect and those that are not may be made manifest. They must be refined from their dross; their corruption must be purged out; they must be brightened and bettered. We notice also their triumphs. Their communion with God is their triumph: "They shall call on my name, and I will hear them." They write to God by prayer, and receive from him answers of peace, and thus keep up a comfortable communion with him. This honour have all his saints. Their covenant with God is their triumph: "I will say, It is my people, whom I have chosen and loved, and will own; and they shall say, the Lord is my God, and a God all-sufficient to me; and in me they shall boast every day and all the day long. This God is our God for ever and ever.’’

Our prayer motivator quote today is from A.W. Tozer. He said: "The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

I believe the invitation we ought to give sinners is that they should trust Christ with their whole heart, turning from sin honestly, then claiming Christ openly as Saviour. And we ought to make it clear, as the Bible does from one end to the other, that the very instant a sinner turns from his rebellion and trusts in Christ, he is saved already and has everlasting life. I think that inquiry rooms are sometimes useful. It is good for a Christian worker to take the Bible and after a sinner trusts Christ to show him the sweet assurances of God's Word that he is saved when he trusts Christ. Certainly it is wise to use the Word of God with unconverted sinners and show them that if they will penitently and honestly trust Christ, He will instantly save them. But the whole idea of mourning in order to be saved, of long seeking after God before He will hear and forgive, is utterly unscriptural. It dishonors God. It beclouds the plan of salvation. It exalts man, man's feelings, man's experience, and man's profession, instead of exalting God's marvelous grace to save any sinner instantly on the first turning in childlike faith.

I find often that if churches…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #497MP)


Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)

2013-05-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: "So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said, "I have known men…who have been utterly, entirely orthodox, but the churches to which they belonged not only did not have prayer meetings, but they did not believe in prayer meetings. You could not wish for anything better from the standpoint of orthodoxy, but they do not believe in prayer meetings. Prayer has very little place in their lives. Now while they may be orthodox, I take leave to suggest that they are not truly evangelical. This element of prayer is essential to the evangelical; it is his life; it is vital to him."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)


Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)

2013-05-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: "So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said, "I have known men…who have been utterly, entirely orthodox, but the churches to which they belonged not only did not have prayer meetings, but they did not believe in prayer meetings. You could not wish for anything better from the standpoint of orthodoxy, but they do not believe in prayer meetings. Prayer has very little place in their lives. Now while they may be orthodox, I take leave to suggest that they are not truly evangelical. This element of prayer is essential to the evangelical; it is his life; it is vital to him."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)


Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)

2013-05-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: "So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said, "I have known men…who have been utterly, entirely orthodox, but the churches to which they belonged not only did not have prayer meetings, but they did not believe in prayer meetings. You could not wish for anything better from the standpoint of orthodoxy, but they do not believe in prayer meetings. Prayer has very little place in their lives. Now while they may be orthodox, I take leave to suggest that they are not truly evangelical. This element of prayer is essential to the evangelical; it is his life; it is vital to him."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)


Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)

2013-05-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: "So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He said, "I have known men…who have been utterly, entirely orthodox, but the churches to which they belonged not only did not have prayer meetings, but they did not believe in prayer meetings. You could not wish for anything better from the standpoint of orthodoxy, but they do not believe in prayer meetings. Prayer has very little place in their lives. Now while they may be orthodox, I take leave to suggest that they are not truly evangelical. This element of prayer is essential to the evangelical; it is his life; it is vital to him."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: Leonard Ravenhill said, "This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #438MP)


Vance Havner said, "The thermometer of a church is its prayer meeting.." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #437MP)

2013-05-21 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 14s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Romans 8:26, which reads: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Oswald Sanders. He said, "The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. But Scripture and experience combine to teach that the united prayers of many righteous accomplish still more."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: Vance Havner said, "The thermometer of a church is its prayer meeting.." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #437MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #496MP)

2013-05-21 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 39s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:14 which reads: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Here we have, a privilege belonging to faith in Christ, namely, audience in prayer: "This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us". The Lord Christ emboldens us to come to God in all circumstances, with all our supplications and requests. Through him our petitions are admitted and accepted of God. The matter of our prayer must be agreeable to the declared will of God. It is not fit that we should ask what is contrary either to his majesty and glory or to our own good, who are his and dependent on him. And then we may have confidence that the prayer of faith shall be heard in heaven. We also have the advantage accruing to us by such privilege: "If we know that he heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him". Great are the deliverances, mercies, and blessings, which the holy petitioner needs. To know that his petitions are heard or accepted is as good as to know that they are answered; and therefore that he is so pitied, pardoned, or counselled, sanctified, assisted, and saved (or shall be so) as he is allowed to ask of God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.W. Church. He said: "Here in His holy House of Prayer we may come on our day of rest, and be safe, if we will, from any thoughts but those of the world to come. Here we gather together for no earthly business, but for a purpose of one sort only; and that purpose is the same for which saints and angels are met together in that innumerable company before the throne of God. If there is a place on earth which, however faintly and dimly, shadows out the courts of God on high, surely it is where His people are met together, in all their weakness and ignorance and sin, in their poor and low estate, yet with humble and faithful hearts, in His House of Prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Sinners Never Need to Pray Through to Be Saved. Trusting Christ Gets Instant Salvation Without Begging.

The "praying through" doctrine is certainly out of place when applied to the plan of salvation. Some people teach that in order to be saved, a sinner needs to wait on God and pray and weep and mourn. The theory is that if one prays long enough and earnestly enough, God will finally hear his prayer and save him. Such people use the term "getting through to God." They tell how sinners "weep their way through," or how they "pray through" and finally gain the victory and God saves them. And Christian workers who think in such terms urge sinners to keep on praying until they get saved. And if one makes a bright profession, then they say that he "came through gloriously."

Such good people often have what they call a mourner's bench or an altar where sinners are asked to kneel and pray. I remember in my boyhood hearing a good Baptist preacher say, "I guarantee that if you will come to the mourner's bench three nights in succession, you will be saved." No such guarantee is found, of course, in the Bible. I can guarantee something far better than that. If you will trust Jesus Christ the tenth part of a second, committing yourself to Him, He will save you. In fact, the tenth part of a second is too slow for the way God really saves a sinner who trusts Him.

This idea of sinners "praying through" for salvation is utterly foreign to the Bible. It is unscriptural, hurtful, and wrong. I do not mind having sinners put in words their acceptance of Christ as Saviour. I do not mind if a sinner wants to pray a…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #496MP)


John Bunyan said, "The truths that I know best I have learned on my knees. I never know a thing well, till it is burned into my heart by prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #436MP)

2013-05-20 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 0s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 4:2 which reads: "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not."

Our prayer motivator quote for today is from Author Unknown. He said, "You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning. You can tell how popular the pastor or evangelist is by who comes on Sunday night. But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting."

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: John Bunyan said, "The truths that I know best I have learned on my knees. I never know a thing well, till it is burned into my heart by prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #436MP)


How to Pray Through, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #495MP)

2013-05-20 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 25m 6s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 86:7 which reads: "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

David was in a special manner earnest with God in prayer when he was in affliction: "In the day of my trouble, whatever others do, I will call upon thee, and commit my case to thee, for thou wilt hear and answer me, and I shall not seek in vain, as those did who cried, O Baal! hear us; but there was no voice, nor any that regarded." It is thus our duty to pray always, without ceasing, and to continue instant in prayer; and then we may hope to have our prayers heard which we make in the time of trouble, if we have made conscience of the duty at other times, at all times. It is comfortable if an affliction finds the wheels of prayer a-going, and that they are not then to be set a-going.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from J.F. Cowan. He said: "No amount of good talking can make a good prayer-meeting. The impression prevails in some quarters that little homilies, pious exhortations, interesting anecdotes with a religious bearing, and well-selected quotations from popular religious writers are of equal value with prayer in a prayer-meeting. This cannot be true. In the former case we are talking among ourselves. It may be very edifying and helpful; but in the latter instance we are doing business directly with God. An ounce of believing prayer is worth a ton of edifying talk, if the Scriptures are good authority. To be sure, no prayer-meeting leader should object to a personal testimony, or to any contribution calculated to edify, but at the same time there is great need, in the average prayer-meeting, of developing the volume of prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled "PRAYING THROUGH" from Dr. John R. Rice.

No lost sinner ever need to "pray through" to be saved. Trusting in Christ brings instant salvation. Christians, however, should "pray through" about many things.

The preacher, wise King Solomon at Jerusalem, wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted."

That saying is true. A thing which is proper at one time may not be proper at another time.

When we speak of "praying through," different people, according to their background and experience, think of two entirely different things. One group thinks of a sinner mourning and begging God for salvation until after long hours of prayer, perhaps, he "gets through to God," as people say. Others, when we speak of "praying through," think of one who is already a Christian taking his burdens to God and waiting until he gets the answer to his prayers. The term "praying through" means entirely different things to different people. We will discuss both meanings in light of the Word of God in our next broadcast.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"

*MP stands for "most popular"…

x

Share: How to Pray Through, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #495MP)


F.B. Meyer said: "The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #435)

2013-05-17 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 44s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Micah 7:7 which reads: "Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said, "The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing."…

x

Share: F.B. Meyer said: "The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #435)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 26 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #494)

2013-05-16 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 37s

Our prayer motivator verses for today is Psalm 5:2-3 which reads: "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David's enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Dedicated prayer with your family will be the most difficult thing you will do in your life, and the devil will fight against you on this like nothing else. But prayer is a fight you must win for the glory of God and for your family. Men, as I Corinthians 16:13 says, “Quit yourself like a man” and lead your family into victorious spiritual warfare!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John F. Walvoord. He said: "In prayer we can approach God with complete assurance of His ability to answer us. There is no limit to what we can ask, if it is according to His will."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 26 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

It seems likely that Abraham's prayer saved Lot alive out of Sodom. And we know God heard the prayers of Esther and her maidens and of Mordecai and his friends to save the lives of the Jews who were to be destroyed by Haman's conspiracy, as told in the book of Esther. God would stop war and give us victory sooner if we prayed as we ought, saving millions of lives.

So, because of our prayerlessness we miss many, many blessings. People are sick when they might be well. Some die when they might live. Businesses fail when they might prosper. And people go hungry and without proper clothing who might be covered and fed to the glory of God if they would but pray.

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing "If My People Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 26 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #494)


John Piper said: "We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #434)

2013-05-15 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 33s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 95:6 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 A.W. Tozer. He said, "A man must set his heart to conquer by prayer, and that will mean that he must first conquer his own flesh, for it is the flesh that hinders prayer always."…

x

Share: John Piper said: "We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #434)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 25 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #494)

2013-05-14 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 55s

Our prayer motivator passage for today is II Chronicles 33:10-13 which reads: "And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We notice from this passage that Manasseh prayed to God for the pardon of sin and the return of his favour. Prayer is the relief of penitents, the relief of the afflicted. That is a good prayer, and very pertinent in this case, which we find among the apocryphal books, entitled, The prayer of Manasses, king of Judah, when he was held captive in Babylon. Whether it was his or no is uncertain; if it was, in it he gives glory to God as the God of their fathers and their righteous seed, as the Creator of the world, a God whose anger is insupportable, and yet his merciful promise unmeasurable. He pleads that God has promised repentance and forgiveness to those that have sinned, and has appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved, not unto the just, as to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but to me (says he) that am a sinner; for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea: so he confesses his sin largely, and aggravates it. He prays, Forgive me, O Lord! forgive me, and destroy me not; he pleads, Thou art the God of those that repent, and concludes, Therefore I will praise thee for ever, etc.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: It is a crime for a man to leave his wife and children in the morning without spending serious time with them in prayer. Sir, the greatest thing that you can do for your family is make it your business to pray with them each day, preferably early in the morning, but any time of the day will work. In the spirit of Nike, “Just Do It!”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Watchman Nee. He said: "Negligence in prayer withers the inner man. Nothing can be a substitute for it, not even Christian work. Many are so preoccupied with work that they allow little time for prayer. Hence they cannot cast out demons. Prayer enables us first inwardly to overcome the enemy and then outwardly to deal with him."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 25 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

The Bible does not teach that one who prays may live forever, without dying, but it certainly does teach that many die prematurely when they might live longer with great blessing if they had prayed.

Likewise, other people die because we do not pray. For example, God had planned to destroy the whole nation of Israel and make of Moses and his family a new nation; but Moses prayed and God forgave them and did not do "the evil which he thought to do unto his people."

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing "Have a Little Talk with Jesus"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 25 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #494)


Paul Cho said: "Nothing you can do will benefit you more than prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #433)

2013-05-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 22s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 35:13 which reads: "But as for me, when they [my enemies] were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jim Forest. He said, "A good image of persistence in prayer is this: it is like your love for your children -- you take care of them and their needs no matter how you happen to be feeling at the moment."…

x

Share: Paul Cho said: "Nothing you can do will benefit you more than prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #433)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 24 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #493)

2013-05-11 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 3s

Our prayer motivator passage for today is II Chronicles 33:10-13 which reads: "And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We notice from this passage that Manasseh humbled himself greatly before him, was truly sorry for his sins, ashamed of them, and afraid of the wrath of God. It becomes sinners to humble themselves before the face of that God whom they have offended. It becomes sufferers to humble themselves under the hand of that God who corrects them, and to accept the punishment of their iniquity. Our hearts should be humbled under humbling providences; then we accommodate ourselves to them, and answer God’s end in them.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Families are in need of a great amount of intercession. Even if your marriage and family seem strong right now, seek out those families in your community who are on the rocks and make it your mission to pray for them daily.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: "Here is the reason why many people pray for the power of the Holy Ghost, and they get something, but oh, so little! because they prayed for power for work, and power for blessing, but they have not prayed for power for full deliverance from self."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 24 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In 1 Chronicles 10:13,14 we are told about King Saul's death, "So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; And enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse." Here it is clearly inferred that Saul died for his transgressions, and particularly for asking counsel of a spiritualistic medium instead of praying to the Lord.

On the other hand, King Hezekiah was "sick unto death." God sent Isaiah to say to him in Isaiah 38:1, "Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live." But Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed and God raised him up and gave him fifteen years. Clearly Hezekiah would have died according to God's first plan. When he prayed, God changed His plan!

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing "City On Our Knees"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 24 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #493)


Someone said: "Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #432)

2013-05-10 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 31s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:15 which reads: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Russel H. Conwell. He said, "When a man has done all he can do, still there is a mighty, mysterious agency over which he needs influence to secure success. The one way he can reach it is by prayer."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #432)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 23 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #492)

2013-05-09 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 22s

Our prayer motivator passage for today is II Chronicles 33:10-13 which reads: "And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God."

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from Michael Youssef. He said: "The prayers that seek to glorify God, to honor Him, to further the work of His kingdom, to transform the hearts of nonbelievers, to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, and to reveal His majesty--those are the prayers that are most powerful."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 23 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Israel wandered forty years in the wilderness before entering the land of promise, which they could have had, which God wanted them to have, before. I waited to marry until I had finished college and paid up school debts, and then my bride told me she would have married me before if I had asked her! So much of the poverty and frustration and lack of victory and joy comes to Christians simply because they do not pray. Oh, the results of prayerlessness!

Many Christians die prematurely because they do not pray. There are a number of Bible examples of this. Second Chronicles 16:12, 13 tells us, "And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign." Asa was sick. In his disease "he sought not to the Lord but to the physicians," and he died. The clear implication is that had he prayed, he would have lived.

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing "Waiting for a Prayer"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 23 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #492)


Anthony Robbins said: "Begin to live as though your prayers are already answered." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #431)

2013-05-08 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:15 which says: "And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles L. Allen. He said, "I am one who believes that with God nothing is hopeless – that all things are possible through prayer."…

x

Share: Anthony Robbins said: "Begin to live as though your prayers are already answered." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #431)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 22 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #491)

2013-05-07 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 36s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is II Kings 20:1-5 which reads: "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord."

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God is in Heaven waiting to hear from us through prayer. Some think God is too busy with billions of people around the world to listen to their prayer. But God is interested in hearing your prayer and He is waiting to answer your prayer. Just pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from an Unknown Author. He said: "“I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 22 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Many are undecided, in doubt about duty. They lack wisdom because they have not obeyed God when He commanded in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." Such Christians "have not, because they ask not." They do not ask and therefore they do not receive. They do not seek and therefore they do not find. They do not knock and to them the door is not opened.

Sometimes there are other hindrances, but many, many times we simply have not because we ask not. Many of God's children go through this world as orphans, as if God did not love them, as if God were not able or willing to care for His own. How sad!

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Say a Prayer"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 22 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #491)


S.D. Gordon said: "If there are two persons praying, there are three. If three meet to pray, there are four praying. There is always one more than you can see." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #430)

2013-05-06 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 20s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:15 which says: "And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles L. Allen. He said, "I am one who believes that with God nothing is hopeless – that all things are possible through prayer."…

x

Share: S.D. Gordon said: "If there are two persons praying, there are three. If three meet to pray, there are four praying. There is always one more than you can see." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #430)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 21 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #490)

2013-05-04 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 18m 27s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is I Samuel 12:23-24 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

He comforts them with an assurance that he would continue his care and concern for them, 1 Sam. 12:23. They desired him to pray for them, 1 Sam. 12:19. He might have said, “Go to Saul, the king that you have put in my room,” and get him to pray for you; but so far is he from upbraiding them with their disrespect to him that he promised them much more than they asked. (1.) They asked it of him as a favour; he promised it as a duty, and startles at the thought of neglecting it. Pray for you! says he, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in not doing it. Note, It is a sin against God not to pray for the Israel of God, especially for those of them that are under our charge: and good men are afraid of the guilt of omissions.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Nothing will make the devil pay attention to you more than prayer. He will fight you tooth and nail to keep you from your prayer time with God. Please understand that prayer is warfare. Contrary to what people will try to tell you, prayer is never easy, but it is tremendously helpful and rewarding.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: "Let it be your business every day, in the secrecy of the inner chamber, to meet the holy God. You will be repaid for the trouble it may cost you. The reward will be sure and rich."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 21 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Aside from the fact that our prayerlessness opens the door to all sin, I call your attention to some tragic results of our prayerlessness.

First, God's people do not get what they ought to have. Many do not have daily necessities because they do not pray as they are commanded to pray. Matthew 6:11 says, "Give us this day our daily bread." No doubt many of the afflicted are still afflicted because they have not obeyed God's command in James 5:13-15, "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray." And many of the sick remain sick because they do not "call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord," as the Lord said, and so have not received the blessing promised that "the prayer of faith shall save the sick...and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free singing "Praying Man"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 21 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #490)


The Kneeling Christian said: "It is as natural to Him to answer prayer as it is for us to ask. How He delights to hear our petitions, and how He loves to answer them!" (The Prayer Motivator Minute #429)

2013-05-03 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 44s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 50:15 which says: "And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said, "We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer."…

x

Share: The Kneeling Christian said: "It is as natural to Him to answer prayer as it is for us to ask. How He delights to hear our petitions, and how He loves to answer them!" (The Prayer Motivator Minute #429)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 20 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #489)

2013-05-02 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 19m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Judges 16:28 which reads: "And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

That strength which he had lost by sin he, like a true penitent, recovers by prayer; as David, who, when he had provoked the Spirit of grace to withdraw, prayed, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit. We may suppose that this was only a mental prayer, and that his voice was not heard (for it was made in a noisy clamorous crowd of Philistines); but, though his voice was not heard of men, yet his prayer was heard of God and graciously answered, and though he lived not to give an account himself of this his prayer, as Nehemiah did of his, yet God not only accepted it in heaven, but, by revealing it to the inspired penmen, provided for the registering of it in his church. He prayed to God to remember him and strengthen him this once, thereby owning that his strength for what he had already done he had from God, and begged it might be afforded to him once more, to give them a parting blow. That it was not from a principle of passion or personal revenge, but from a holy zeal for the glory of God and Israel, that he desired to do this, appears from God’s accepting and answering the prayer. Samson died praying, so did our blessed Saviour; but Samson prayed for vengeance, Christ for forgiveness.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: There is a special blessing that comes when you pray for other people. Make it a point to pray for your family members, your friends, your coworkers, your pastor, and your church. Prayer will make all the difference in these relationships.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Ray Stedman. He said: "True prayer is an awareness of our helpless need and an acknowledgment of divine adequacy."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 20 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

When we read of the long vigils of Charles G. Finney in woods or hayloft, or in days of fasting and prayer, ending in a new and fresh baptism of power again and again, and in marvelous revivals and in hundreds of souls saved, how can we excuse our sin of prayerlessness!

When we learn how George Mueller prayed and fed thousands of orphan children, how he prayed and sent forth missionaries to the end of the world, how he prayed and gave Bibles and books and tracts by the multiplied thousands, receiving over seven million dollars from God without ever asking man for a penny, when he pleaded with God and argued with God and knew what it was daily to wait on God --- compared with Mueller, what sinners we are in our prayerlessness!

+ Plus, listen to the Katinas singing "Prayin' for You"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 20 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #489)


Someone said: "Most prayers aren't prayed on the mountain, they're prayed in the valley and answered on the mountain." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #428)

2013-05-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 40s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 4:3 which reads: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Herbert Lockyer. He said, "Prayer, to the patriarchs and prophets, was more than the recital of well-known and well-worn phrases. It was the outpouring of the heart. Beset by perils, persecutions, pain and privations, they naturally turned to God in their need, believing that He was able to redeem them out of their troubles." …

x

Share: Someone said: "Most prayers aren't prayed on the mountain, they're prayed in the valley and answered on the mountain." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #428)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #488)

2013-04-30 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

While the disciples were sleeping, they lost the benefit of joining in Christ’s prayer. "Watch yourselves, and pray yourselves. Watch and pray against this present temptation to drowsiness and security; pray that you may watch; beg of God by his grace to keep you awake, now that there is occasion.’’ When we are drowsy in the worship of God, we should pray, as a good Christian once did, "The Lord deliver me from this sleepy devil!’’ Lord, quicken thou me in thy way, Or, "Watch and pray against the further temptation you may be assaulted with; watch and pray lest this sin prove the inlet of many more.’’ When we find ourselves entering into temptation, we have need to watch and pray. Jesus kindly excused for them; "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." We do not read of one word they had to say for themselves (the sense of their own weakness stopped their mouth); but then he had a tender word to say on their behalf, for it is his office to be an Advocate; in this he sets us an example of the love which covers a multitude of sins. He considered their frame, and did not chide them, for he remembered that they were but flesh; and the flesh is weak, though the spirit be willing.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Prayer is a time saver. If you pray before doing anything at all, you will find that you can get it done faster and better than if you had not prayed.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from W. H. Auden. He said: "To pray is to pay attention to someone other than one's self. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention on the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 19 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

If New Testament Christians had the right idea of serving the Lord, then we have the wrong idea. If they were right so to pray, then we are wrong not to pray as much as they did. If we do not follow the examples of the heroes of the Bible in prayer, then our prayerlessness is sin.

And if we compare ourselves with missionaries William Carey, Adoniram Judson, and Hudson Taylor, how glaring is the sin of our prayerlessness.

When our prayerlessness is compared with the prayers of David Brainerd, who spent days in fasting and prayer, often kneeling in the snow in the primitive forests begging God for the salvation of Indians, how insincere seem our excuses for not winning souls.

+ Plus, listen to Lecrae singing "Prayin' for You"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 19 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #488)


Frederick Denison Maurice said: "The Lord’s Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #427)

2013-04-29 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 26s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 145:18, which reads: “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Ever Garrison. He said, "Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him – you try too hard, friend – drop to your knees and listen to him, he’ll hear you better that way."…

x

Share: Frederick Denison Maurice said: "The Lord’s Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #427)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #487)

2013-04-27 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 54s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

While in the Garden of Gethsemane, preparing to be betrayed by Judas, Jesus gave his disciples good counsel: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." There was an hour of temptation drawing on, and very near; the troubles of Christ were temptations to his followers to disbelieve and distrust him, to deny and desert him, and renounce all relation to him. There was danger of their entering into the temptation, as into a snare or trap; of their entering into a parley with it, or a good opinion of it, of their being influenced by it, and inclining to comply with it; which is the first step toward being overcome by it. He therefore exhorts them to watch and pray; Watch with me, and pray with me.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Prayer is like any other important discipline in the Christian life. If you don't do it, you won't reap the benefits and blessings that God wants you to have. If you want to reap the benefits and blessings of prayer, then you need to Just Pray!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from R.A.Torrey. He said: "Every true revival . . . has had its earthly origin in prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 18 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

When saintly men got together at Antioch---Barnabus, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul---they ministered to the Lord and fasted until the Holy Ghost said, "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them." And then we are told they prayed more and fasted more, "And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away."

That is the secret of all great missionary movements. "Prayer," "ministering to the Lord," "fasting," and again "prayer and fasting!" All of our alibis for the lack of the power of the Spirit of God which was manifest in New Testament times can properly be ignored. The real difference between New Testament churches and the churches of today, between New Testament preachers and the preachers of today, between New Testament Christians and the Christians of today is in the matter of prayer and the power that comes through prayer!

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing "Prayer of the Righteous" …

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 18 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #487)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #486)

2013-04-26 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 15s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Here we also have David’s exhortation to others to converse with God. "Pour out your heart before him." The expression seems to allude to the pouring out of the drink-offerings before the Lord. When we make a penitent confession of sin our hearts are therein poured out before God. But here it is meant of prayer, which, if it be as it should be, is the pouring out of the heart before God. We must lay our grievances before him, offer up our desires to him with all humble freedom, and then entirely refer ourselves to his disposal, patiently submitting our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. What encouragement he gives us to take this good counsel: "God is a refuge for us," not only my refuge, but a refuge for us all, even as many as will flee to him and take shelter in him. He cautions us to take heed of misplacing our confidence, in which, as much as in any thing, the heart is deceitful. Those that trust in God truly will trust in him only, and will humbly offer up prayers to Him.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You will never "find" time to pray, you must choose to "make" time to pray. The devil will try to keep you back from praying by bringing things to your mind that you may need to do but that can wait until later to be done. Don't let the devil talk you out of praying to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Billy Graham. He said: "The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 17 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Bible times the Temple was literally "a house of prayer," and was intended to be that for all people. Bible Christians fasted, they prayed in sackcloth, they wept while they prayed, they often watched all night in prayer. Paul and Silas prayed at midnight in the jail at Philippi. A little group at the home of Mary prayed long hours until Peter was released from jail.

Before Pentecost the apostles and Mary and the brothers of Jesus and some others "continued with one accord in prayer and supplication," until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them as promised. Later when the apostles called for some deacons to take over the business of waiting on poor widows they promised, "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" --- prayer first, preaching second!

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing "Prayer Changes Things"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #486)


Someone said: "Prayer does not denote weakness, it denotes the acceptance of strength from the only One Who can give it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #426)

2013-04-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 34s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:19 which says: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Joni Eareckson Tada. She said, "Like art, like music, like so many other disciplines, prayer can only be appreciated when you actually spend time in it. Spending time with the Master will elevate your thinking. The more you pray, the more will be revealed. You will appreciate not only the greatness of prayer, but the greatness of God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Prayer does not denote weakness, it denotes the acceptance of strength from the only One Who can give it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #426)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #485)

2013-04-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 30s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Here we have David's exhortation to others to trust in God and wait upon him, and [to pour out their hearts in prayer,] as he had done. Those that have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves will invite others into those ways; there is enough in God for all the saints to draw from, and we shall have never the less for others sharing with us. He counsels all to wait upon God, as he did. Observe that to whom he gives this good counsel: You people (that is, all people); all shall be welcome to trust in God, for he is the confidence of all the ends of the earth. You people of the house of Israel (so the Chaldee); they are especially engaged and invited to trust in God, for he is the God of Israel; and should not a people seek unto their God? We also notice the good counsel which he gives --- to confide in God. We must have a habitual confidence in God always, must live a life of dependence upon him, must so trust in him at all times as not at any time to put that confidence in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only; and we must have an actual confidence in God upon all occasions, trust in him upon every emergency, to guide us when we are in doubt, to protect us when we are in danger, to supply us when we are in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work, and to answer our prayers.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Many people do not like to pray because prayer to God will convict you to get sin out of your life. In order to effectively get through to God in prayer, we must be willing to confess and repent of our sins and allow God to create within us a clean heart so that He will not only hear us but answer us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Melvyn Faith. He said: "To make the most of your time, take time to PRAY."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 16 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

The best example of prayer that we should follow is Jesus Christ. Great multitudes came together to hear Him and to be healed. Luke 5:16 says, "And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed." In the next chapter in Luke 6:12 we are told, "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God."

And most of us forget that when Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, and was glorified before the disciples, He had gone there to pray, and "as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered," Luke 9:28-29 tells us. Most of us have forgotten that Jesus was praying when the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray and He gave the Lord's Prayer. It was Jesus' praying that led to the great confession by Peter that Jesus was "the Christ of God," as you see in Luke 9:18-21. When Jesus said to His Father in John 11:42, "I knew that thou hearest me always," He must have meant, too, that He prayed always.

God forgive us that we do not pray as Jesus prayed. Our prayerlessness shows how we ignore God's commands to pattern after Jesus.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing "Pray On"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 16 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #485)


John Flavel said: "That which begins not with prayer, seldom winds up with comfort." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #425)

2013-04-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 27s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 16:11 which reads: "Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jerry Bridges. He said, "The great antidote to anxiety is to come to God in prayer. We are to pray about everything. Nothing is too big for Him to handle, and nothing is too small to escape His attention."…

x

Share: John Flavel said: "That which begins not with prayer, seldom winds up with comfort." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #425)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #484)

2013-04-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 33s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7-11 which reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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?"

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God knows what we need and He encourages our prayers and expectations. We may hope that we shall not be denied and disappointed: we shall not have a stone for bread, to break our teeth, nor a serpent for a fish, to sting us; we have reason indeed to fear it, because we deserve it, but God will be better to us than the desert of our sins. The world often gives stones for bread, and serpents for fish, but God never does; nay, we shall be heard and answered, for children are by their parents. God has put into the hearts of parents a compassionate inclination to succour and supply their children, according to their need. Even those that have had little conscience of duty, yet have done it, as it were by instinct. No law was ever thought necessary to oblige parents to maintain their legitimate children, nor, in Solomon’s time, their illegitimate ones. He has assumed the relation of a Father to us, and owns us for his children; that from the readiness we find in ourselves to relieve our children, we may be encouraged to apply ourselves to him for relief and answers to prayer. What love and tenderness fathers have are from him; not from nature but from the God of nature; and therefore they must needs be infinitely greater in himself.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: In this life, you will need to learn to pray when you feel like praying and pray even when you don’t.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Richard J. Foster. He said: "Prayer involves transformed passions. In prayer, real prayer, we begin to think God's thoughts after Him: to desire the things He desires, to love the things He loves, to will the things He wills."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 15 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

For a final proof that prayerlessness is a sin, we need but examine the records concerning Bible Christians. How they prayed! If those who pleased God best prayed continually, prayed persistently, prayed through gloriously, then surely we sin when we do not pattern after them.

The best example is Jesus Himself. We are told in Matthew 14:23 that "he went up into a mountain apart to pray." People brought Him little children that Matthew 19:13 tells us, "he should put his hands on them, and pray." In the Garden of Gethsemane He said, "Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder." "He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed," according to Mark 1:35. God forgive us that we do not pray as Jesus prayed.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #484)


Henry Blackaby said: "If you have trouble hearing God speak, you are in trouble at the very heart of your Christian experience." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #424)

2013-04-20 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 18s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Micah 7:7 which reads: "Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Selden. He said, "Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us."…

x

Share: Henry Blackaby said: "If you have trouble hearing God speak, you are in trouble at the very heart of your Christian experience." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #424)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 14 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #483)

2013-04-19 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 40s

Our prayer motivator verses for today are Matthew 7:7-11 which read: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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?"

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We must come to him for good things, for those he gives to them that ask him; which teaches us to refer ourselves to him; we know not what is good for ourselves, but he knows what is good for us, we must therefore leave it with him; Father, thy will be done. The child is here supposed to ask bread, that is necessary, and a fish, that is wholesome; but if the child should foolishly ask for a stone, or a serpent, for unripe fruit to eat, or a sharp knife to play with, the father, though kind, is so wise as to deny him. We often ask that of God which would do us harm if we had it; he knows this, and therefore does not give it to us. Denials in love are better than grants in anger; we should have been undone ere this if we had had all we desired.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: The only way to get true wisdom is by simply praying and asking God for it. It is a free gift of the grace of God, as is your soul’s salvation.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Robert Leighton. He said: "An angelic life is one that is spent between ascending in prayer to fetch blessings from above, and descending to scatter them among men."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 14 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

An old proverb says, "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees." And well he may, if that saint really, directly, and persistently calls for God to help him against sin and to keep him out of temptation and to defeat the Evil One.

The great John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, wrote, "Prayer will make a man cease from sin, as sin will entice a man to cease from prayer."

No doubt all of our sins stem from our prayerlessness. No doubt sincere and wholehearted prayer, in totalitarian prayer, is the remedy for and victory over our sins.

+ Plus, listen to Andre Crouch singing "Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 14 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #483)


Someone said: "Stop looking for an answer to your problems and just start praying for one." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #423)

2013-04-18 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 34s

Our prayer motivator verses from the Word of God today are Luke 2:36-37 which read: "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 Ronald Reagan. He said, "We seek a constitutional amendment to permit voluntary school prayer. God should never have been expelled from America's classrooms in the first place."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Stop looking for an answer to your problems and just start praying for one." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #423)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 13 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #482)

2013-04-17 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 19m 19s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Conditional grants become absolute upon the performance of the condition; so here, he that asketh, receiveth. Christ hereby puts his fiat to the petition; and he having all power, that is enough. It is illustrated, by a similitude taken from earthly parents, and their innate readiness to give their children what they ask. Christ appeals to his hearers, "What man is there of you, though never so morose and ill-humoured, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?". Whence he infers, "If ye then, being evil, yet grant your children’s requests, much more will your heavenly Father give you the good things you ask." Now this is of use, To direct our prayers and expectations, We must come to God, as children to a Father in heaven, with reverence and confidence. How naturally does a child in want or distress run to the father with its complaints; thus should the new nature send us to God for supports and supplies.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You may want to know when to pray, my encouragement to you is to pray as God leads you. But it is also good to follow the example of David and Daniel of old and pray at appointed times. In other words, schedule your time so that you include special quality periods in your day for nothing else but for prayer unto God. It is good to keep regular times to pray as well as to pray in between those times as God’s Holy Spirit prompts you. Keep praying, for prayer is truly where the power is.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Temple. He said: "If your prayer is selfish, the answer will be something that will rebuke your selfishness. You may not recognize it as having come at all, but it is sure to be there."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 13 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Would not your speech have been different, dear friend, if you had prayed like David, "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth," or, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer"? And if Peter had spent the time praying instead of sleeping in the Garden of Gethsemane, would not the outcome have been far better? Surely he fell into the snare because he did not pray.

And so we, too, deny Jesus and curse and swear, it may be, before His enemies, because we are not strengthened in the secret place by prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing "What if His People Prayed"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 13 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #482)


Woodrow Kroll said: "The prayer is up to us; the answer is up to God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #422)

2013-04-16 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 41s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:15 which reads: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Thrasher. He said, "The discipline of time alone with God should not be looked at as another thing to put on your "to do" list. This attitude will only lead to resentment from the added pressure that it produces. It should be viewed as a gift from a gracious and kind God. He cares so much for you and me that He is not just interested in our accomplishments but also in shepherding our hearts."…

x

Share: Woodrow Kroll said: "The prayer is up to us; the answer is up to God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #422)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #481)

2013-04-15 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 6s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

It is to the same purport, yet with some addition that this verse is made to extend to all that pray aright; "Not only you my disciples shall receive what you pray for, but every one that asketh, receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, they are all alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith: for God is no respecter of persons.’’ It is made so as to amount to a grant, in words of the present tense, which is more than a promise for the future. Every one that asketh, not only shall receive, but receiveth; by faith, applying and appropriating the promise, we are actually interested and invested in the good promised: so sure and inviolable are the promises of God, that they do, in effect, give present possession: an active believer enters immediately, and makes the blessings promised his own. What have we in hope, according to the promise, is as sure, and should be as sweet, as what we have in hand.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: The best and only pattern to follow when you pray is the one that our Lord gave to us which is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer,” which is found in Matthew 6: 9-13. Now you do not have to pray this same prayer, but you can use it as a guide in your own prayer life. According to Jesus’ pattern of prayer, you should: 1. Praise God first. 2. Put His will before yours. 3. Ask for your daily provisions. 4. Ask for forgiveness of sin. 5. Ask God to keep you from evil. and 6. Give God the glory. Lay everything on your heart and mind before God and enjoy His peace.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Wilberforce. He said: "Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

We do well to remember that "the whole armor of God" which we are commanded to put on "that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil," and again, "that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day," includes "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints". Prayer defeats Satan. By prayer one may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and to withstand in the evil day.

A Christian who was enslaved by the tobacco habit said to me, "I can go about a half a day at a time, and then I just have to have a cigarette." He told me how he prayed every day about the matter and for hours would seem to have the victory, but before the day was gone he would again fall into temptation and sin. I showed him that he had been given the victory by prayer for a little time, and that what he needed to do for continued victory was to pray more. He promised to pray every half hour if need be, to take time out from his work and go alone until he had victory and to continue that until permanent victory came. And thus he conquered the thing that had enslaved him.

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing "Waiting for a Prayer"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #481)


John Owen said: "He who prays as he ought, will endeavor to live as he prays." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #421)

2013-04-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 66:19 which reads: "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 Josh McDowell. He said, "Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart."…

x

Share: John Owen said: "He who prays as he ought, will endeavor to live as he prays." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #421)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #480)

2013-04-12 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 33s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Now here, the promise is made, and made so as exactly to answer the precept. "Ask, and it shall be given you;" not lent you, not sold you, but given you; and what is more free than a gift? Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? It is but ask and have; ye have not, because ye ask not, or ask not aright: what is not worth asking, is not worth having, and then it is worth nothing. "Seek, and ye shall find," and then you do not lose your labour; God is himself found of those that seek him, and if we find him we have enough. "Knock, and it shall be opened;" the door of mercy and grace shall no longer be shut against you as enemies and intruders, but opened to you as friends and children. It will be asked, who is at the door? If you be able to say, a friend, and have the ticket of promise ready to produce in the hand of faith, doubt not of admission. If the door be not opened at the first knock, continue instant in prayer; it is an affront to a friend to knock at his door, and then go away; though he tarry, yet wait.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time in Mark 1:35 He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time in Luke 18:1, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: "God can answer prayer, though He bestow not the very thing for which we pray. He can sometimes better answer the lawful desires and good end we have in prayer another way. If our end be our own good and happiness, God can perhaps better answer that end in bestowing something else than in the bestowment of the very thing which we ask. And if the main good we aim at in our prayers be attained, our prayer is answered."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayerlessness is a sin because it leaves the door open for all other sins.

That is made clear by the command of Jesus in Mark 14:38, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak."

We are to pray and to watch or continue attentively in prayer as the only sure preventative of entering temptation. Similarly the command is given in Luke 22:40, "Pray that ye enter not into temptation." If the disciples needed that warning in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, how we need it, too!

In fact, in the Lord's Prayer, the model prayer for all who can truly call God "Our Father which art in heaven," we are expressly taught to pray, "And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil."

Prayer is the remedy for temptation. Prayer is the way to defeat the Evil One.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing "Sweet Hour of Prayer" …

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 11 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #480)


Joseph Hall said: "Good prayers never come creeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask, or what I should ask." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #420)

2013-04-11 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 7m 6s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 15:29 which reads: "The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Hannah Whitall Smith. She said, "How often we say about our earthly friends, "I really would like to have a good quiet settled talk with them so that I can really get to know them." And shouldn't we feel the same about our Heavenly Friend, that we may really get to know Him? These thoughts have taught me the importance of the children of God taking time to commune daily with their Father, so that they may get to know His mind and to understand better what His will is."…

x

Share: Joseph Hall said: "Good prayers never come creeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask, or what I should ask." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #420)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 10 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #479)

2013-04-10 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 10s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 143:1 which reads: "Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Here, David humbly begs to be heard, not as if he questioned it, but he earnestly desired it, and was in care about it, for, having desired it, and was in care about it, for having directed his prayer, he looked up to see how it sped. He is a suppliant to his God, and he begs that his requests may be granted: Hear my prayer; give ear to my supplications. He is an appellant against his persecutors, and he begs that his case may be brought to hearing and that God will give judgment upon it, in his faithfulness and righteousness, as the Judge of right and wrong. Or, “Answer my petitions in thy faithfulness, according to the promises thou hast made, which thou wilt be just to.” We have no righteousness of our own to plead, and therefore must plead God’s righteousness, the word of promise which he has freely given us and caused us to hope in.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from the Kneeling Christian. He said: "We may rest fully assured of this – a man’s influence in the world can be gauged not by his eloquence, or his zeal, or his orthodoxy, or his energy, but by his prayers. Yes, and we will go farther and maintain that no man can live aright who does not pray aright."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 10 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

A few times --- all too few, God forgive me --- I have waked from sleep to find myself in the very presence of God. Sometimes I have waked in the midst of conscious prayer.

How great is our sin when we do not pray, since God has commanded us to pray without ceasing, to pray always, to pray with all prayer, always, for all the saints.

Every moment of prayerlessness, then, is a sin. Long continued prayerlessness is continual sin, habitual sin, a very living in sin, because it is disobedience to the plain and oft-repeated command of our Heavenly Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

+ Plus, listen to the Brian Free singing "A Praying Man"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 10 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #479)


Hannah More said: "Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #419)

2013-04-09 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 45s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 22:45-46 which reads: "And when he [Jesus] rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from George Washington Carver. He said, "There is literally nothing that I ever asked to do, that I asked the blessed Creator to help me to do, that I have not been able to accomplish."…

x

Share: Hannah More said: "Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #419)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #478)

2013-04-08 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 19m 6s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 18:1 which reads: "And he [Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

All God's people are praying people. Here earnest steadiness in prayer for spiritual mercies is taught. The widow's earnestness prevailed even with the unjust judge: she might fear lest it should set him more against her; but our earnest prayer is pleasing to our God. Even to the end there will still be ground for the same complaint of weakness of faith.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Prayer is the only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from George Mueller. He said: "The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 9 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

How can one pray without ceasing? Here is an example. The baby sleeps in his crib. When the household is abed, Mother settles down to rest. In the night, there is a tiny whimper, and instantly Mother is awake. She was listening! She was watching over the little one even while she slept. Her soul was so set on the care of the little one that while her conscious mind slept, the subconscious being took over the listening post at her ear and watched through the darkness.

If a mother can be conscious of her babe when she sleeps, cannot a Christian still be conscious of God when he sleeps?

+ Plus, listen to the Katinas singing "Praying for You"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 9 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #478)


George Herbert said: "Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #418)

2013-04-02 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 24s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 16:24 which reads: "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from George Macdonald. He said, "How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven."…

x

Share: George Herbert said: "Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #418)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 8 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #477)

2013-04-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 16s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. We are sometimes ready to fear that God's designs are all against us; but as to his own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end he has promised, which will be the best for them. When the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that he is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye me in vain.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from G. Campbell Morgan. He said: "Oh, how strenuous is life! I know a little of it. Men "ought always to pray, and not to faint." How fierce the battle! I know something of the conflict, but I ought not to faint, because I can pray."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 8 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

How can one pray without ceasing? Is not that an impossible standard? I answer that the Bible can be taken at face value. God's standards are proper standards, and God's words say what they mean and mean what they say. Prayer ought to arise from the heart like the fragrance from burning incense on an altar day and night, all the time. The soul of a Christian can be so possessed of God, so hungry for His presence, that both the conscious and the subconscious mind carry on the pleading, the searching for God's face and His will and way and work.

+ Plus, listen to Lecrae singing "Prayin' for You"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 8 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #477)


Francois Fenelon said: "Even if no command to pray had existed, our very weakness would have suggested it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #417)

2013-03-30 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 36s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:6 which reads: "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Elisabeth Elliot. She said, "Silence, as someone has said, is the mother of prayer and the nurse of holy thoughts. Silence cuts down on our sins, doesn't it? We can't be sinning in so many different ways if we are being quiet before God. Silence nourishes patience, charity, discretion."…

x

Share: Francois Fenelon said: "Even if no command to pray had existed, our very weakness would have suggested it." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #417)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #476)

2013-03-29 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 27s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 1 Samuel 1:10 and 15 which reads: “And [Hannah] was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore...And Hannah answered [Eli] and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire...Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart's ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from F.F. Bruce. He said: "Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don't like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 7 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Note the measure of our sin of prayerlessness. We ought to pray all the time, never ceasing. Anything less than constant prayer is thus disobedience and sin. If for a short season we do not pray as we ought, then we have sinned. And if that sinful disregard of prayer continues, with small intermissions, through hours and days and weeks and months, even years --- as is true in the lives of many Christians --- then prayerlessness is a long extended sin, is habitual sin, is veritably a life of sin.

Long continued prayerlessness is the same kind of extended sin that drunkenness or the dope habit is, in that it is repeated, extended and habitual.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing "Prayers of the Righteous"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 7 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #476)


E.M. Bounds said: "Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #416)

2013-03-28 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 53s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:26-28 which reads: " Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Duncan Campbell. He said, "How many there are whose lives are weak and whose service is poor and ineffective, just because they have not zealously guarded the time and place of prayer!"…

x

Share: E.M. Bounds said: "Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #416)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #475)

2013-03-27 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 2s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay our wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from David Jeremiah. He said: "Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 6 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

The Christian is commanded to put on the whole armor of God: the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the Gospel of peace; the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, "...praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."

There are many commands in the Bible that Christians should pray. Jesus warns His disciples more than once to watch and pray lest they enter into temptation.

We see repeatedly that God tells the Christian to pray without ceasing, that men ought always to pray and not give up, praying always with all prayer. Any violation of God's plain commands is a sin. When we do not pray we are rebels and disobedient children.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel Whyte III singing "Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 6 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #475)


Someone said: "God will never force you to pray but He can do nothing for you until you pray." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #415)

2013-03-26 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 29s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 56:9 which reads: "When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from David Dickson. He said, "None do seek the Lord so earnestly, but they have need of stirring up to seek him more earnestly; neither have any attained to such a measure of communion with God, but they have need to seek for a further measure."…

x

Share: Someone said: "God will never force you to pray but He can do nothing for you until you pray." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #415)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #474)

2013-03-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

When the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that he is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye me in vain.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from Daniel Webster. He said: "Heaven's gates are not so highly arched as princes' palaces; they that enter there must go upon their knees."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

PROOF THAT PRAYERLESSNESS IS A SIN

Need we prove it? First, prayerlessness is a sin since the Bible expressly calls it that. Samuel said to the children of Israel in 1 Samuel 12:23, "God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you."

The Holy Spirit put it in Samuel's heart to say it, and the same Holy Spirit had it recorded in the Bible for us, that to cease praying is a sin.

Second, many, many, many Scriptures command Christians to pray: These Scripture passages even demand that we pray all the time, pray without ceasing. First Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." And that verse has no immediate context. There are no modifications. There is the stark, bold command that Christians ought to pray literally without ceasing. Again Jesus "spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Men ought always to pray and never give up! That is the command of Jesus Christ; not to obey it is sin.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing "Prayer Changes Things"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #474)


Someone said: "Pray hardest when it's hardest to pray." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #414)

2013-03-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 27s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which reads: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from D.L. Moody. He said, "The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Pray hardest when it's hardest to pray." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #414)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #473)

2013-03-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 21s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 14:13-14 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 any thing in my name, I will do it."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Whatever we ask in Christ's name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To ask in Christ's name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit of Christ's mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the Divine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer for ever.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Here are 4 ways to pray for others from Dr. J. Gordon Henry --- 1. Ask that the person become an effective prayer warrior in their own right. 2. Ask that God’s hand be upon him in physical and material things. 3. Ask that the person learn to praise the Lord. 4. Ask that the person begin to reach out to the unsaved.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Curtis Hutson. He said: "When praying for the Lord's will about something questionable, don't give up if you don't receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 4 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Prayer, in the sense of asking God for things as directly as a woman goes to the grocery store with her basket for groceries, or as a motorist drives into the gas station for gas and oil, or as a child says, "Pass the bread, please," --- I say real prayer, definite, direct, determinedly going to God to get things, is an unknown and inexperienced process to most Christians. And this prayerlessness is back of all the fruitlessness, powerlessness, and joylessness in the average Christian life.

The disciples begged Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray." They did not say, "Lord, teach us HOW to pray." They simply asked, "Lord, teach us to pray." Oh, that the people of God would forsake their sin of prayerlessness and get down to prayer.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing "Pray On"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 4 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #473)


Rachel Wojo said: "I've accomplished nothing if my life looks fabulous on paper yet wretched in prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #413)

2013-03-21 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 35s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:39 which reads: "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said, "It is a good rule never to look into the face of a man in the morning till you have looked into the face of God."…

x

Share: Rachel Wojo said: "I've accomplished nothing if my life looks fabulous on paper yet wretched in prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #413)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #472)

2013-03-20 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 17m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 21:36 which reads: "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ's word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Here are 4 ways to pray for others from Dr. J. Gordon Henry --- 1. Ask that God will cause the believer to not love the world system. 2. Ask that the person have a spirit of brokenness and humility. 3. Ask that the person have a servant's heart. 4. Ask that the person be able to build a Scriptural family.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Richard Hooker. He said: "Prayer is the first thing wherewith a righteous life beginneth, and the last wherewith it doth end."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

It is a sin when we pray and ask amiss that we might consume it on our lust. It is a sin when we pray without faith. And it is sad beyond expression when wrong home life, when wrongs unrighted, when unforgiveness, or rebellion, or distaste for the Bible, or any secret love of sin, hinders our prayers.

But the greatest prayer-sin of all is simply not to pray! Our greatest trouble is not that we pray wrongly but that we pray little or do not pray at all! We have our formal phrases in which we simulate prayer. But often they are really little different from the Ave Marias and Peter Nosters of our Catholic friends, or the formal words on a Buddhist's prayer wheel.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #472)


Christopher Love said: "Pray in your family daily, that yours may be in the number of the families who call upon God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #412)

2013-03-19 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 0s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:9-13 which reads: "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles H. Brent. He said, "Repeatedly place your pet opinions and prejudices before God. He will surprise you by showing you that the best of them need refining and some the purification of destruction."…

x

Share: Christopher Love said: "Pray in your family daily, that yours may be in the number of the families who call upon God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #412)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #471)

2013-03-18 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 12s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Romans 8:26, which reads: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over all discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of the spirit, the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Here are 4 ways to pray for others from Dr. J. Gordon Henry --- 1. Ask that the person have the mind of Christ. 2. Ask that the person grow daily in Christ-like maturity. 3. Ask that the person put on the full armor of God. 4. Ask that the person be alert to Satan's strategy.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Brother Lawrence. He said: "One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of a new series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

My greatest sin, and yours, is prayerlessness. My failures are all prayer failures. The lack of souls saved in my ministry is primarily because of a lack of prayer, not because of a lack of preaching. The withering away of joy in my heart, sometimes, is the fruit of prayerlessness. My indecision, my lack of wisdom, my lack of guidance comes directly out of my prayerlessness. All the times I have fallen into sin, have failed in my duties, have been bereft of power, or disconsolate for lack of comfort, I can charge to the sin of prayerlessness. Oh! horrible sin, the lack of prayer!

What is wrong with the churches is a lack of true prayer. What is wrong with preachers is this same sin. What is wrong with the pew is still that blighting sin of prayerlessness. For every sin, every failure, every lack, God had a remedy and cure if we had sufficiently and effectually prayed.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Courch singing "Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #471)


William D. Arnot said: "Like an echo from a ruined castle, prayer is an echo from the ruined human soul of the sweet promise of God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #411)

2013-03-16 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 39s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 5:2-3 which reads: "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Austin Phelps. He said, "Prayer is the preface to the book of Christian living; the text of the new life sermon; the girding on of the armor for battle; the pilgrim's preparation for his journey. It must be supplemented by action or it amounts to nothing."…

x

Share: William D. Arnot said: "Like an echo from a ruined castle, prayer is an echo from the ruined human soul of the sweet promise of God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #411)


The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #470)

2013-03-15 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 0s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 6:12 which reads: "And it came to pass in those days, that he, Jesus, went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We often think one half hour a great deal to spend in meditation and secret prayer, but Christ was whole nights engaged in these duties. In serving God, our great care should be not to lose time, but to make the end of one good duty the beginning of another.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Here are 4 ways to pray for others --- 1. Realize the person's present exalted position in Christ. 2. Present the person as a living sacrifice. 3. Ask that the person be filled with the Holy Spirit. 4. Ask that God will guide the person to become regular and systematic in the study of God's Word.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Nehemiah Adams. He said: "A certain joyful, though humble, confidence becomes us when we pray in the Mediator's name. It is due to Him; when we pray in His name it should be without wavering. Remember His merits, and how prevalent they must be. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.""

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled "THE SIN OF PRAYERLESSNESS" from Dr. John R. Rice.

1 Samuel 12:23 reads: "God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you."

Prayerlessness is a terrible sin. For the lost sinner, it is a part of the wicked rejection of Christ. For the child of God, it is identical with backsliding. Prayerlessness is another name for unbelief. Prayerlessness is the father and partner of every vile sin --- as much as the saloon is the father of drunkenness, and lust is the father of adultery. There is not a vile sin in the world but that prayerlessness is a part of it and that real prayerfulness is, I have no doubt, worse than murder, worse than adultery, worse than blasphemy. It is more fundamental. It more clearly reveals the heart. In fact, while murder, adultery and blasphemy may catch a person unaware, trapped by the carnal mind, prayerlessness is the very heart of the carnal mind itself, a state of alienation from God.

+ Plus, listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman singing "Let Us Pray"…

x

Share: The Sin of Prayerlessness, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #470)


Andrew Murray said: "O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #410)

2013-03-14 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 47s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Romans 8:26, which reads: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Benjamin Franklin. He said, "Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business."…

x

Share: Andrew Murray said: "O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #410)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 58 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #469)

2013-03-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 27s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jonah 2:1 and 7 which reads: "Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly...When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We observe here that Jonah also reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and God's readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God in them. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, who might justly take his Holy Spirit from him, never to visit him more. Those only are miserable, whom God will no longer own and favour. But though he was perplexed, yet not in despair. Jonah reflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, and trusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to God. Those who forsake their own duty, forsake their own mercy; those who run away from the work of their place and day, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a believer copies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his own mercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah's experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God of salvation.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God wants us, as we pray, to intercede for others, or to pray for others. Intercessory prayer takes our minds off ourselves and puts the needs of others at the center of our prayers. God blesses intercessory prayer. J. Gordon Henry, a powerful teacher of intercessory prayer, says: “Prayer enables God to do things He would otherwise not do. Prayer is not a means to get man's will done in Heaven; rather, prayer is God's ordained means for getting God's will done in earth.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: "While others still slept, He went away to pray and to renew His strength in communion with His Father. He had need of this, otherwise He would not have been ready for the new day. The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship with God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 58 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

You can know the sweet intimacy with God that you long for; you may know it this very day. You may then live a life of unhindered prayer and daily, glorious answers. So in the light of God's Word, and submitting yourself to the searching of the Holy Spirit, I urge you today to confess honestly and to turn your heart away from every known sin and then claim the forgiveness and the cleansing which God has so freely promised to all of His own who confess their sins!

Is there nothing between your soul and the Saviour? Have you humbly searched your heart anew in the light of God's Word, and found nothing to hinder your prayers? Oh, then, dear Christian, enter into your inheritance and begin the abundant life of prayer, asking and receiving that your joy may be full!

+ Plus, listen to Avalon singing "If My People Prayed"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 58 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #469)


Brother Lawrence said: "In prayer, you need not cry very loud; God is nearer to us than we think." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #409)

2013-03-12 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 23s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:9-13 which reads: "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Strom. He said, "Know your HOLY GOD intimately. (When you have seen His glory, His holiness and His love - by drawing close to Him in prayer - then you can usually see through any counterfeits because you know the "real thing" so well)."…

x

Share: Brother Lawrence said: "In prayer, you need not cry very loud; God is nearer to us than we think." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #409)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 57 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #468)

2013-03-11 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 3s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jonah 2:1 and 7 which reads: "Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly... When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We observe here when Jonah prayed: When he was in trouble, under the tokens of God's displeasure against him for sin: when we are in affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, he prayed. A sense of God's good-will to us, notwithstanding our offences, opens the lips in prayer, which were closed with the dread of wrath. Also, where he prayed; in the belly of the fish. No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communion with one another, but not from communion with God. To whom he prayed; to the Lord his God. This encourages even backsliders to return. What his prayer was. This seems to relate his experience and reflections, then and afterwards, rather than to be the form or substance of his prayer.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Another reason people do not pray is because people love sin. John Bunyan said, "Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer." Frankly, some people do not pray because they are involved in sin, and they do not want to let that sin go. The main hindrance to a Christian's prayer life is unconfessed sin. How about you? Is the reason why you don't pray because you know that if you pray right, you will have to get rid of the sin in your life? Instead of holding on to your sin, pray that God will give you the desire and ability to turn away from your sin and deliver you from temptation so that your prayers can be effective.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: "One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 57 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

A confession, in the sense that is meant in I John 1:9, would involve a simple faith that God is willing to forgive and cleanse us as He has promised. We are God's own dear children. We are dear to His heart. For us He gave His own Son. He has already given us everlasting life and promised to take us home to Heaven. We have never deserved His mercy, and we do not deserve it now; but He loves us still. And so a Christian can confess his sin, safe in the assurance that God has promised to forgive and cleanse, and God cannot lie. We are under a covenant relationship with Him. Our forgiveness is based on His faithfulness, not on our faithfulness.

So, any time a Christian is conscious of his sin, judges the sin and takes sides against it with a penitent heart, then he has a perfect right to trust the Lord for instant, complete forgiveness and for perfect cleansing.

+ Plus, listen to Mandisa singing "He is With You"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 57 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #468)


A.B. Simpson said: "Prayer is the link that connects us with God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #408)

2013-03-09 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Isaiah 58:9 which says: “Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Alexander Whyte. He said, "Let sin in, and you banish prayer. But, on the other hand, entertain, and encourage, and practice prayer, and sin will sooner or later flee before it."…

x

Share: A.B. Simpson said: "Prayer is the link that connects us with God." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #408)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 56 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #467)

2013-03-08 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 47s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 21:12-13 which reads: "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Christ found some of the courts of the temple turned into a market for cattle and things used in the sacrifices, and partly occupied by the money-changers. Our Lord drove them from the place, as he had done at his entering upon his ministry. His works testified of him more than the hosannas; and his healing in the temple was the fulfilling the promise, that the glory of the latter house should be greater than the glory of the former. If Christ came now into many parts of his visible church, how many secret evils he would discover and cleanse! And how many things daily practised under the cloak of religion, would he show to be more suitable to a den of thieves than to a house of prayer!

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Over the past thirty years of ministry, I have had pastors to share with me that the one area they struggle with is prayer. I believe one of the reasons why these pastors struggle with prayer is because oftentimes, pastors have multiple gifts to do ministry work, and they lean on those gifts that God has given them instead of leaning on God through prayer until they come to their wits end and then they realize that they must pray to God for help.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from A.C. Dixon. He said: "What we need now for quickening is not so much money and wisdom as the spirit of supplication. Pray for yourself until the new life is infused. When that new life comes, it will lead you to pray for others."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 56 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Honest confession would involve a penitent heart and sincere repentance. I think there could be no honest confession of sin, if there were not grief over it. The sin grieved the Holy Spirit, it wronged God, and by it the Christian who sinned was untrue to the Saviour he professed to love and serve. The Christian's testimony was injured before the world, his fellowship with God was broken, his usefulness was curtailed, and his prayers were hindered.

All these things ought to cause the Christian sincere grief of heart over his own sin. I do not mean a morbid despair. I simply mean the godly sorrow that "worketh repentance" according to II Corinthians 7:10. And this grief of heart over sin will involve a revulsion, a turning away, a change of mind and attitude toward sin, which we call repentance. If the Christian is not sorry for his sins, in his heart, and does not honestly long to do better, then there is no genuine confession of sin.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing "Have a Little Talk with Jesus"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 56 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #467)


R.A. Torrey said: "If we then let the words of Christ abide in us, they will stir us up in prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #407)

2013-03-07 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 2s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 99:6 which says: “Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said, "Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter of prayer; but a capacity for faith, the power of a thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, an absolute losing of one's self in God's glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God."…

x

Share: R.A. Torrey said: "If we then let the words of Christ abide in us, they will stir us up in prayer." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #407)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 55 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #466)

2013-03-06 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 13s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Mark 11:24 which reads: "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Christ taught them [His disciples] from hence to pray in faith. It may be applied to that mighty faith with which all true Christians are endued, and which does wonders in spiritual things. It justifies us, and so removes mountains of guilt, never to rise up in judgment against us. It purifies the heart, and so removes mountains of corruption, and makes them plain before the grace of God. One great errand to the throne of grace is to pray for the pardon of our sins; and care about this ought to be our daily concern.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Another reason people do not pray is because of self-confidence. There are many men and women, whom God has blessed with multiple gifts, who do not pray because they feel that they can do it all by themselves. They feel like they can handle it. These people are walking in the flesh and feel as though they do not need to ask for God's help through prayer. Galatians 5:16 commands us to, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Don't let self-confidence hinder you from praying to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: "If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 55 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

The Christian is not to "do penance" for his sins. Paying money, doing without food, sleeping on boards, or fasting a certain number of days - these, as a matter of penance, or suffering, trying to pay for sins as a criminal spends a certain number of years in prison to "pay his debt to society," is not what God demands.

No, the dear Lord simply and plainly promises, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

I think that an honest confession of sin would involve an honest realization in the heart of one's failure and sin. Confession cannot be simply a matter of the lips. For the mouth to say, "I have sinned," when the heart still says, "But it was not very bad, and it was not altogether my fault," is not true confession of sin. Another way to say this is that the Christian must honestly judge his sin in the light of God's Word and the revelation of the Holy Spirit of how God feels toward the sin.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing "City On Our Knees"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 55 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #466)


Andrew Murray said: "Abiding fully means praying much." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #406)

2013-03-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:41 which says: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said, "Prayer is a trade to be learned. We must be apprentices and serve our time at it. Painstaking care, much thought, practice and labour are required to be a skillful tradesman in praying. Practice in this, as well as in all other trades, makes perfect."…

x

Share: Andrew Murray said: "Abiding fully means praying much." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #406)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 54 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #465)

2013-03-04 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 19s

Our prayer motivator verse for 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."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

"Lord, teach us to pray," is a good prayer, and a very needful one, for Jesus Christ only can teach us, by his word and Spirit, how to pray. Lord, teach me what it is to pray; Lord, stir up and quicken me to the duty; Lord, direct me what to pray for; teach me what I should say. Christ taught them a prayer, much the same that he had given before in his sermon upon the mount. There are some differences in the words of the Lord's prayer in Matthew and in Luke, but they are of no moment. Let us in our requests, both for others and for ourselves, come to our heavenly Father, confiding in his power and goodness.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: One reason people do not pray is because of unbelief. People do not pray because they do not believe God, they do not believe in God, and they do not believe God's Word. If a person really believed that God is and that "he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him", and if they really believed the Word of God which says that God hears and answers prayer, then they would pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from A.W. Tozer. He said: "The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 54 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

How to Get the Hindrances Removed

Are your prayers hindered? Well, thank God, there is a remedy. The hindrances can be torn down. Even this very day you may feel again the smile of God's face and hear the whisper of His Spirit and know that there is nothing between you and God.

In John 1:9 we are given this blessed promise, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Confession - that is the remedy for your sin. A Christian does not have to atone for his sins. In fact, no man can possibly atone for his sins. The atonement was completed by Jesus Christ; and thank God, on the cross He cried out, "It is finished"! Let no one, then, think that he must go through a long period of time, trying to earn God's favor and to lay up credit so that his prayers can be answered.

+ Plus, listen to Mandisa singing "God Speaking"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 54 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #465)


E.M. Bounds said: "Straight praying is never born of crooked conduct." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #405)

2013-03-02 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 6m 45s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is II Kings 20:1-5 which reads: "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Bunyan. He said, "Prayer is an ordinance of God, that must continue with a soul so long as it is on this side of glory."…

x

Share: E.M. Bounds said: "Straight praying is never born of crooked conduct." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #405)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 53 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #464)

2013-03-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 45s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 65:2 which reads: "O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

All the praise the Lord receives from this earth is from Zion, being the fruit of the Spirit of Christ, and acceptable through him. Praise is silent unto thee, as wanting words to express the great goodness of God. He reveals himself upon a mercy-seat, ready to hear and answer the prayers of all who come unto him by faith in Jesus Christ...By faith and prayer we may keep up communion with God, and bring in comfort from him, wherever we are. But it is only through that blessed One, who approaches the Father as our Advocate and Surety, that sinners may expect or can find this happiness.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Be aware, as you make up your mind to pray more, and as you actually pray more, things are not going to immediately be a bed of roses; your days are not going to be problem-free. Quite the contrary. Why? Because Satan will be there to meet you head-on. He does not want you to pray; he does not want you to tap into your source of strength and power; he does not want you to call upon Jesus. So therefore, he will throw every obstacle your way to prevent you from praying. Satan does not mind you learning about prayer, but he does not want you to get into the habit of praying. Why? Because something happens when a Christian prays; something happens when a Christian communicates with God. Satan does not want the Christian to pray because he knows he will be defeated through prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: "Prayer is of transcendent importance. Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God's work. Praying hearts and hands only can do God's work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 53 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Dear child of God, if you would have God's blessing on your prayer life, then let your heart cry out in the words of the old song - "Return, O holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made thee mourn, And drove Thee from my breast. The dearest idol I have known, Whate'er that idol be, Help me to tear it from Thy throne, And worship only Thee."

Maybe you loudly insist, "I don't see any harm in the theater." Perhaps you repeatedly say, "There is nothing wrong with a nice dance if you have it with nice people." Perhaps you say, "Well, if I never do anything worse than smoke a cigarette, I think I am pretty good." But the plain truth is, if you in your heart excuse your sin and "regard" it and love it, then it is an issue between you and God. And that controversy will block the answer to your prayers and will steal away your peace, and leave you helpless and powerless like Samson with his hair cut off. Oh, dear friend, the smallest sin in the world, if it breaks your contact with God, will leave you powerless and your prayers without results.

It may be the love of money. It may be a shameful secret love has entered into your life. It may be a sin that nobody but God knows about. But if you love a sin and hide it, and take up for it, then your prayers will be hindered.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing "What if His People Prayed?"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 53 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #464)


Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: "When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #404)

2013-02-28 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 43s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 1:35 which reads: "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Chuck Colson. He said, "We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves."…

x

Share: Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: "When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #404)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 52 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #463)

2013-02-27 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 10s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 145:18 which reads: "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Many children of God, who have been ready to fall into sin, to fall into despair, have tasted his goodness in preventing their falls, or recovering them speedily by his graces and comforts. And with respect to all that are heavy laden under the burden of sin, if they come to Christ by faith, he will ease them, he will raise them. He is very ready to hear and answer the prayers of his people. He is present every where; but in a special way he is nigh to them, as he is not to others. He is in their hearts, and dwells there by faith, and they dwell in him. He is nigh to those that call upon him, to help them in all times of need. He will be nigh to them, that they may have what they ask, and find what they seek, if they call upon him in truth and sincerity.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: A third reason why we faint in prayer is because of the onslaught of the devil. You see, the devil does not want you to pray. He will discourage you from praying. He will try to make you faint in prayer. But God will give you the grace to continue in prayer and God, of course, will deliver you, bless you, and answer your prayers.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Samuel M. Zwemer. He said: "Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret place of prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 52 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

If you want to get along with God and keep sweet fellowship and have your prayers answered, then you must judge your sins. You must honestly confess your sins and take sides with God against them. There must be a wholehearted repentance, that is, the turning of the will away from all the things that grieve God. Otherwise your will is dead set against the will of God.

You cannot ask anything in the name of Christ, you cannot pray in the Spirit, you cannot pray according to the Word of God, your own conscience will not allow you to believe that God will bless you while you have set your own will up as an idol, or when some secret sin has your heart's devotion which ought to be given to God alone.

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing "Waiting for a Prayer"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 52 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #463)


Vance Havner said: "If you can't pray as you want to, pray as you can. God knows what you mean." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #403)

2013-02-26 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 38s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 26:41, which reads: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Finney. He said, "Some men will spin out a long prayer telling God who and what he is, or they pray out a whole system of divinity. Some people preach, others exhort the people, till everybody wishes they would stop, andGod wishes so, too, most undoubtedly." …

x

Share: Vance Havner said: "If you can't pray as you want to, pray as you can. God knows what you mean." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #403)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 51 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #462)

2013-02-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 11s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Acts 1:12-14 which reads: "Then returned they [the disciples] unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God can find hiding-places for his people. They made supplication. All God's people are praying people. It was now a time of trouble and danger with the disciples of Christ; but if any is afflicted, let him pray; that will silence cares and fears. They had now a great work to do, and before they entered upon it, they were earnest in prayer to God for his presence. They were waiting for the descent of the Spirit, and abounded in prayer. Those are in the best frame to receive spiritual blessings, who are in a praying frame. Christ had promised shortly to send the Holy Ghost; that promise was not to do away with prayer, but to quicken and encourage it. A little company united in love, exemplary in their conduct, fervent in prayer, and wisely zealous to promote the cause of Christ, are likely to increase rapidly.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: A second reason why we faint in prayer is because of delay. We think that God is on our time and that He pays every Friday. But we must remind ourselves that God is on His own time and like the old preachers down in Georgia used to say: “God may not come when you want Him to but He's always right on time.” Remember, a day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years is like one day to God. For those of you who have been saved a while, we know that time after time God has delivered us—right on time. When things seemed hopeless, God brought us through. He heard our prayer. Bank on it, dear friends, God wants to hear your prayer more than you want to pray. He delights in hearing us pray to Him. He wants to answer our prayers. He wants to bless us. He delights in blessing us. But, most importantly, He wants to hear from us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Adrian Rogers. He said: "The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 51 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

What does God say in Psalm 66:18? If I regard iniquity in my heart God will not hear me. I am a sinner, but, oh, I must not love sin. And if I hold any particular sin in my heart and love it, and make an alibi for it, and excuse it, and cover it up - then that becomes a cause of controversy between me and God. God hates sin, but God has a remedy for sin. I John 1:9 says, If we Christians confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So it is not primarily the fact of sin, but it is a love for sin, a willingness to sin, an excusing of sin that make it so God cannot answer our prayers.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing "Sweet Hour of Prayer"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 51 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #462)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)

2013-02-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 4:1 which says: "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 Charles H. Brent. He said, "A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God."…

x

Share: Someone said: "When we stop always praying for ourselves and start always praying for other people, we realize how much more fulfilling and meaningful our prayer life can be." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #402)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 50 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #461)

2013-02-22 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 19s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which reads: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God says, "There will I make myself known, and there will I be called upon.’’ He promised to answer the prayers of his people that should at any time be made in that place. National judgments are here supposed, famine, and pestilence, and perhaps war, for by the locusts devouring the land meant enemies as greedy as locusts, and laying all waste. National repentance, prayer, and reformation, are required. God expects that his people who are called by his name, if they have dishonoured his name by their iniquity, should honour it by accepting the punishment of their iniquity. They must be humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favour of God; and yet all this will not do unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted. National mercy is then promised, that God will forgive their sin, which brought the judgment upon them, and then heal their land, redress all their grievances. Pardoning mercy makes ways for healing mercy.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: There are three reasons we faint in prayer: (1) doubt; (2) delay; and (3) the devil. The devil tries to plant the seeds of doubt in our minds about this matter of prayer. He tries to cause doubt in our minds as to whether or not God is even hearing our prayer. He tries to plant doubt in our mind as to whether or not you are even worthy of praying. He tries to plant little doubts in our minds to keep us from praying and sometimes, unfortunately, he succeeds, and we don't pray as we ought to pray. When the devil comes to you and tries to plant doubt in your mind about prayer, reject it, and pray anyway.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: "There is power through prayer. For many Christians, prayer is nothing special, just something we're supposed to do - go to church, tithe, read the Bible, pray. But prayer should be so much more than an item on our "to do" lists."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 50 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Any Unconfessed, Unlamented, Unrepented Sin, Grieves God and Hinders the Prayers of His Children

I have given you some sample cases where particular sins are mentioned in God's Word as hindering our prayers. But I cannot mention every detail. God's Spirit must do that for you. But let us find a general rule which you can apply to your own heart and life and find what grieves God.

In Psalm 66:18 are these solemn words, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."

I want you to notice what God did NOT say. God did not say that if I have sinned, He will not hear me. No, no! Thank God, He did not say that; for if He had then God could never hear a human being pray. For all of us have sinned. He did not even say that if at this moment there is any sin in the life, He would not hear us. For I John 1:8 teaches us plainly that all of us have (present tense) sin in our lives all the time. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." The constant presence of human frailty, of bodily illness, the encroachments of age and infirmity, the limitations to our prayer and soul winning, all testify that we have sin, even now, and that we will have until we are translated when Jesus comes, or until we die. If Paul needed to say, "When I would do good, evil is present with me" (Rom. 7:21), so do the rest of us need to say it. I c…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 50 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #461)


Beyonce said: "I'm not a preacher, but we can pray if you want to." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #401)

2013-02-21 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 53s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is I Samuel 12:23-24 which reads: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Mark Batterson. He said, "I love leadership. I love discipleship. I love to preach. But it's prayer that is central. When we change the way that we pray, everything changes."…

x

Share: Beyonce said: "I'm not a preacher, but we can pray if you want to." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #401)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 49 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #460)

2013-02-20 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 55s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 62:8 which reads: "Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: If there ever was a time to pray in the history of our world, that time is now. We need to pray. We ought to pray. It is best for us to pray. This is indeed a praying time. "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint." I guarantee you that many of you on some occasion in your Christian walk have felt like fainting.You felt like giving up. But God does not want us to give up. He wants us to continue to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jonathan Edwards. He said: "There is no way that Christians, in a private capacity, can do so much to promote the work of God and advance the kingdom of Christ as by prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 49 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

A mother wrote in the flyleaf of her son's Bible when he went away from home, "This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book." The Christian who loses interest in the Bible, cannot find time to read it, or takes exceptions to some of its teachings, may well search his heart, for in that heart are things that grieve God, that block God's blessing, and make even his prayers an abomination to God.

Every Christian, then, should long for and earnestly seek a delightful familiarity, an unceasing interest in the Word of God. Set apart a time early in the day, I beg you, when you read the Scriptures, several chapters if possible, and meditate over them prayerfully, longing to find the mind of God, willingly surrendering yourself to all that you find in God's Word. If you surrender yourself, and do not rush, but meditate on the Word of God, you will find prayer forming in your heart. It is a prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit, a prayer that God will be pleased to hear. George Muller, the great English man of prayer, founder of the Bristol orphan houses, tells of the new ease and joy in prayer he had when he began first to read the Bible before prayer every day and let his prayers begin out of what the Spirit whispered in his heart as he read the Word of God. A daily quiet time of reading the Word of God, memorizing it, subjecting oneself to the searching, probing, judging, purifying action of God's Word, will mean rich prosperity in your prayer life. But "he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free singing "Praying Man"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 49 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #460)


Thomas Watson said: "The prayer that is faithless is fruitless." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #400)

2013-02-19 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 47s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 11:17 which reads: "And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Chuck Swindoll. He said, "To be used of God. Is there anything more encouraging, more fulfilling? Perhaps not, but there is something more basic: to meet with God. To linger in His presence, to shut out the noise of the city and, in quietness, give Him the praise He deserves. Before we engage ourselves in His work, let's meet Him in His Word... in prayer... in worship."…

x

Share: Thomas Watson said: "The prayer that is faithless is fruitless." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #400)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 48 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #459)

2013-02-18 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 21m 37s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is James 5:16 which reads: "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

In a day of affliction nothing is more seasonable than prayer. The spirit is then most humble, and the heart is broken and tender. It is necessary to exercise faith and hope under afflictions; and prayer is the appointed means for obtaining and increasing these graces. Observe, that the saving of the sick is not ascribed to the anointing with oil, but to prayer. In a time of sickness it is not cold and formal prayer that is effectual, but the prayer of faith. The great thing we should beg of God for ourselves and others in the time of sickness is, the pardon of sin. Let nothing be done to encourage any to delay, under the mistaken fancy that a confession, a prayer, a minister's absolution and exhortation, or the sacrament, will set all right at last, where the duties of a godly life have been disregarded.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Have you ever had the thought to come to your mind to pray? You were not thinking about prayer, you were not talking with anyone about prayer, and you were not reading anything on prayer, but the thought came seemingly out of nowhere: why don’t you go ahead and pray now. I have had many of those experiences. And the only answer I can give for that prompting to pray is that the Holy Spirit of God prompts us to pray at different times. It is definitely not from the devil because the devil does not want us to pray. In fact, the last thing the devil wants you to do is pray. So when the thought comes across your mind to pray, no matter where you are or what you are doing, make sure you take note of that thought and pray."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Samuel Chadwick. He said: "Intensity is a law of prayer. God is found by those who seek Him with all their heart. Wrestling prayer prevails. The fervent effectual prayer of the righteous is of great force."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 48 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Even lost people wanting salvation do well to turn and read the Word of God. As you with an earnest heart seek to find God in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit will reveal Him. The God Who answers prayer is the God of the Bible. He is not only the God Who wrote the Bible, but the God Who yet today reveals Himself in the Bible and gives His blessings to those who love the Bible.

A disinclination to read the Word of God, to meditate on it, to learn it, to follow it, to search it out, shows sin in the heart. When a Christian, a born-again child of God, shows indifference to the Word of God, then we may know that he is living after the carnal, fleshly mind. For I Corinthians 2:14 says, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." The blessed Holy Spirit has an affinity for the Word of God, which He inspired. The conscious fullness of the Spirit and the keenest delight in the Word of God go together. People who are full of the Spirit are also full of the Word of God. The natural mind is a stranger from God and is not interested in the Bible. And the carnal or undeveloped and untaught and unspiritual Christian is likely to have no taste for the Word of God. A state of disinterestedness in the Bible is an unspiritual state, a state of backsliding and sin.

+ Plus, listen to the Katinas singing "Praying for You"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 48 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #459)


Jonathan Edwards said: "Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #399)

2013-02-16 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Peter 3:12 which reads: "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Phillips Brooks. He said, "Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's willingness."…

x

Share: Jonathan Edwards said: "Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #399)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 47 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #458)

2013-02-15 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 20m 58s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is ames 1:6-7 which reads: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: We need to pray for our pastors. Haven’t you found out that when you pray for your pastor throughout the week, you won’t have anything negative to say about him? Did you know that a person can come to church, and if he or she isn’t prayed up, he or she can have a negative attitude toward the pastor or toward a fellow church member for no reason at all? Have you ever had a friend or someone in authority over you, be it a pastor or whoever, and everything was all right between you and that person, but somehow you had something negative to develop in your heart toward that person for no reason? That’s nothing but the devil trying to cause division. We need to pray to God to help us to love one another. We need to pray to God to help us to get along with one another.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said: "To be much for God, we must be much with God. Jesus, that lone figure in the wilderness, knew strong crying, along with tears. Can one be moved with compassion and not know tears? Jeremiah was a sobbing saint. Jesus wept! So did Paul. So did John. Though there are some tearful intercessors behind the scenes, I grant you that to our modern Christianity, praying is foreign."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 47 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

"If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us," says I John 5:14. But one who does not know the Bible, does not love it and does not meditate on it, will not have any assurance that what he asks is in the will of God.

"All things are possible to him that believeth," said Jesus in Mark 9:23, but "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). One whose heart is turned away from the Bible is turned also from faith. He cannot call upon God in faith, since he does not use the means to grow faith, and since God's Holy Spirit will not encourage faith in such a disobedient heart.

"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart," says Psalm 37:4. But a real delight in the Lord involves a delight in God's Word. How eager I am for a letter from home! And that is because I love my wife and daughters and long to see them. How anxiously a young woman awaits the postman, looking for a letter from her sweetheart who has been called away to the army. So if one really delighted in God, he would delight in His letter to us. God is so revealed in the Word that those in close fellowship with God must delight in His Word. Oh, then, Christian, if your heart has been turned away from the Bible, you are out of touch with all the promises of God for answers to your prayers! "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his pra…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 47 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #458)


E.M. Bounds said: "Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #398)

2013-02-14 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 12s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 66:19 which reads: "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, "Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer."…

x

Share: E.M. Bounds said: "Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #398)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 46 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #457)

2013-02-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 55s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need. Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer, and be serious and earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask, as a traveller asks the way. Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost; or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one that asketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, all are alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith. It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: For those of you who might be single, you need to pray as well. I have had single people to share with me how hard it is to pray alone. I know. I was single once. But it’s equally hard in marriage. Remember, the grass is not greener on the other side. You cannot allow your happiness and your joy and your peace to depend on your future wife, your future husband, or your circumstances. Your happiness, your joy, and your peace of mind must be found in Jesus Christ.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from James H. Aughey. He said: "Ye do well to remember that habitual affectionate communion with God, asking Him for all good which is needed, praising Him for all that is received, and trusting Him for future supplies, prevents anxious cares, inspires peace, calmness and composure, and furnishes a delight surpassing all finite comprehension."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 46 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

One whose heart is alienated from the Bible, disinterested in the Word of God, finding no joy in God's promises, indifferent to the duty of obeying God's commands - such a Christian cannot meet any of the conditions of successful prayer. All the promises in the Bible concerning answers to prayer involve in some way a heart that is eager to find the will of God in the Word of God. In John 15:7 Jesus promised, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." One who does not love the Bible, is not eager to read it, does not gladly heed its warnings and admonitions and commands, cannot meet that promise, because Christ's Word does not abide in him, and he is not really abiding in Christ in the sense of surrender to the will of Christ.

And how can such a Christian come to ask anything of the Father in the name of Christ? One who does not know the Bible does not know the will of Christ. One who is not interested in the Bible is surely not much interested in the will of Christ. How could I genuinely ask anything in Jesus' name, if I can quote no authority from Christ giving me the right to ask it in His name?

Therefore the blessed promise that the Father will give you anything you ask in Christ's name, the promise of John 14:13-14, will not avail for the man whose heart is turned away from hearing the Word of God.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing "…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 46 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #457)


What to Do When You Receive Bad News

2013-02-13 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 1h 0m 4s

Praying Through the Bible #25 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Kings 19:1-8

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 24 messages in this series.

This is message #25 titled "What to Do When You Receive Bad News."

Hezekiah was the sixteenth king of Judah. He reigned during the time of the divided kingdom, when Israel had her own king and Judah had her own king. Hezekiah was a good king who led the nation in the proper worship of God. He destroyed the idols and pagan altars that previous wicked kings had set up. He renewed the celebration of the Passover. He also presided over the building of the now famous Siloam Tunnel which allowed water from the Pool of Siloam to be carried into the city of Jerusalem which was especially important when the city was under attack. Part of this construction is still visible in the Old City of Jerusalem today. The Bible says that Hezekiah "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did...He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses."

Hezekiah was a good king who ruled his kingdom well. However, one day Hezekiah received some bad news.

1. Notice the bad news Hezekiah received. If we flip back to Second Kings 18, we find that the King of Assyria was on a war campaign in the middle east. He had fought against and conquered many other small nations, and now he had turned his attention to Judah. While he was engaged in warfare in the south of Judah, he sent "a great host" under the command of three of his leaders -- "Tartan", the commander in chief; "Rab-sa-ris", the chief eunuch; and "Rab-sha-keh", the chief cupbearer. These leaders and their army laid seige to the city of Jerusalem.

2. Secondly, notice Hezekiah's reaction to the bad news. We have seen already that Hezekiah tore his clothes and covered himself in sackcloth. But the Bible tells us that Hezekiah did two other things. First, he "went into the house of the Lord." The second thing Hezekiah does is he requests the prayers of the prophet Isaiah.

3. Thirdly, notice God's answer to the bad news. After Hezekiah's officials share the problem with Isaiah, Isaiah says, "Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."…

x

Share: What to Do When You Receive Bad News


E.M. Bounds said: "Prayer, like faith, obtains promises, enlarges their operation, and adds to the measure of their results." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #397)

2013-02-12 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 30s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:14 which reads: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said, "Temptations which accompany the working day will be conquered on the basis of the morning breakthrough to God. Decisions, demanded by work, become easier and simpler where they are made not in the fear of men, but only in the sight of God. He wants to give us today the power which we need for our work."…

x

Share: E.M. Bounds said: "Prayer, like faith, obtains promises, enlarges their operation, and adds to the measure of their results." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #397)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 45 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #456)

2013-02-11 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 7s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 18:1 which reads: "And he [Jesus] spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

All God's people are praying people. Here earnest steadiness in prayer for spiritual mercies is taught. The widow's earnestness prevailed even with the unjust judge: she might fear lest it should set him more against her; but our earnest prayer is pleasing to our God. Even to the end there will still be ground for the same complaint of weakness of faith.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You should make it your business to pray in the morning to get your day started. As a couple, make a concrete decision to pray together in the morning before you go your separate ways. I do not care how busy you are. I do not care what you have on your agenda, take the time to pray together in the mornings before you part ways. Don’t let it slip by you. Don’t let the devil take that away from you. You must pray together!

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: "To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God's work, and man's best labor."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 45 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Throughout the Bible, God stresses the fact that there is a close connection between the Word of God and spiritual prosperity. For example, Psalm 1:1-3 tells us of the blessed man who shuns evil companions, "His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

Day-by-day blessing from God, spiritual prosperity, Christian fruit bearing all depend upon delighting in the law of the Lord and meditating on it day and night. Knowing the Bible is not enough; reading the Bible is not enough; blessing depends on delighting in it and meditating on it.

In Joshua 1:8 the Lord spoke to Joshua saying, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make they way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

Good success, prosperity, depended on having the Word of God in his mouth and meditating therein day and night so Joshua might make sure to observe everything in it. And then Joshua would make his way prosperous and have good success. But if Joshua had turned his heart away from hearing the law, he would not have been prosperous, he would not have succeeded, and the blessing of God would have failed. And does not that bear out the statement of Proverbs 28:9 that even the prayer of one who turns his heart away from hearing the law, is an abomination? How could one who is disinterested in the Bible, who shuns it, one who has his heart turned away from it, please God in prayer? What claim could such an unspiritual heart, such an alienated child, have on God in prayer?

+ Plus, listen to Daniel White Jr. singing "Prayer"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 45 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #456)


Andrew Murray said: "Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #396)

2013-02-09 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 42s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Luke 2:36-37 which says: "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 Oswald Chambers. He said, "We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer...Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished."…

x

Share: Andrew Murray said: "Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #396)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 44 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #455)

2013-02-08 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 2s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Jeremiah 29:13 which reads: "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. We are sometimes ready to fear that God's designs are all against us; but as to his own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end he has promised, which will be the best for them. When the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that he is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye me in vain.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You will not get genuine happiness from your spouse or from other people, but you will get it from obeying the Lord, and prayer will help you to be consistent in obeying God and hence have continual happiness in your life.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.T. Studd. He said: "We Christians too often substitute prayer for playing a game. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism. To your knees! Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses. Pray!"

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 44 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

A Disinclination or Indifference Toward the Bible Makes Prayer an Abomination to God!

Proverbs 28:9 is a most searching Scripture. There God says, "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."

If your prayer is an abomination to God, then any happy fellowship, any oneness of purpose, any communion between you and God is hindered.

Note that the Scripture does not refer primarily to infidels. One does not need to say that the Bible is false, that Christ was not born of a virgin, that He did not rise from the dead, that there is no real Heaven or a literal Hell in order to come within the scope of this great hindrance to prayer. No, if only your heart is turned away from the Bible, if you have a disinclination to read it, if it is not interesting to you, if you do not meditate on it prayerfully, joyfully, then your prayer is an abomination, says God's Word.

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing "Prayer Changes Things"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 44 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #455)


Someone said: "Oftentimes, we think DOING something is the answer to every problem. It is not. The answer to every problem is PRAYING." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #395)

2013-02-07 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Samuel 3:10 which says: "And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles G. Finney. He said, "A Christian can obtain deep feeling, by thinking on the object. God is not going to pour these things on you, without any effort on your own. you must cherish the slightest impressions. Take the Bible, and go over the passages that show the condition and prospects of the world. Look at the world, look at your children, and your neighbors and see their condition while they remain in sin; and persevere in prayer and effort till you obtain the blessing of the Spirit of God to dwell in you."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Oftentimes, we think DOING something is the answer to every problem. It is not. The answer to every problem is PRAYING." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #395)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 43 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #454)

2013-02-06 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 8s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Luke 22:45-46 which reads: "And when he [Jesus] rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Every description which the evangelists give of the state of mind in which our Lord entered upon this conflict, proves the tremendous nature of the assault, and the perfect foreknowledge of its terrors possessed by the meek and lowly Jesus. Here are three things not in the other evangelists. 1. When Christ was in his agony, there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. It was a part of his humiliation that he was thus strengthened by a ministering spirit. 2. Being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Prayer, though never out of season, is in a special manner seasonable when we are in an agony. 3. In this agony his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down. This showed the travail of his soul. We should pray also to be enabled to resist unto the shedding of our blood, striving against sin, if ever called to it. When next you dwell in imagination upon the delights of some favourite sin, think of its effects as you behold them here! See its fearful effects in the garden of Gethsemane, and desire, by the help of God, deeply to hate and to forsake that enemy, to ransom sinners from whom the Redeemer prayed, agonized, and bled.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: We have to pray and ask God to help us to live right, to think right, and to act right. I don’t know about you, but I just cannot live the Christian life by myself, that is, in my own strength. And you can’t do it in your own strength, either. That is why we need to realize and pray as Zechariah did in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”. Whether you know it or not, we cannot live this Christian life in our own power. We have got to allow Jesus Christ to live it through us.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.H. Spurgeon. He said: "The power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 43 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

A daughter was bitter over the death of her beloved mother. She complained and mourned and querulously asked, "Why? Why?" She felt that God had not been fair to her mother, had brought unnecessary suffering to herself; and there was rebellion in her heart against God. But the Bible lost its sweetness; the day-by-day conscious presence and fellowship with the Holy Spirit left her. God did not seem to hear her prayers, and doubts of every kind beset her. She could not find any peace until she confessed her sin to God and said, "Thy will be done," about her mother's death.

Beloved Christian, there is no way you can please God, no way you can have the sweet communion with Him to get your prayers answered if you are in rebellion against the known will of God.

Has God turned His face away from you as He did from Saul, refusing to hear your prayers or bless you because of a stubborn self-will that rebels against God's plan for you? Oh, then I beg you, surrender today your poor will to God's good will. Trust Him! His will for you is wiser and sweeter and richer, and happier than any way you could plan! And no matter what other trouble or grief or loss might come, in His will you may always have the consciousness of His approving presence with the Holy Spirit ungrieved, manifesting Himself to you, and with the daily knowledge that your prayers are heard!

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 43 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #454)


Someone said: "Prayer keeps us grounded even when the world around us is shaking." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #394)

2013-02-05 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 22s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 15:8 which says: "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Wesley. He said, "Whether we think of or speak to God; whether we act or suffer for him; all is prayer when we have no other object than his love, and the desire of pleasing him."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Prayer keeps us grounded even when the world around us is shaking." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #394)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 42 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #453)

2013-02-04 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 23m 21s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 5:2 which reads: "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David's enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: We ought to pray because every now and then, we have to get down on our knees and confess our sins, faults, and failures to God. Now I know that some of you listening to me do not do bad things, but I have done some bad things in my life and every now and then, I have to get down on my knees and confess my sins before God in prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from C.S. Lewis. He said: "Even if all the things that people prayed for happened – which they do not – this would not prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. Invariable "success" in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic – a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 42 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

If there is a single matter, then, about which God has a controversy with you, I beg you, dear Christian, surrender your will at once, repent of your wicked rebellion, your self-will, your insistent disobedience. It is more important to hearken to God, to obey from the heart, than to give money, to sing, to pray, to preach, or toil. It is a sad, sad fact that many active church people, some, no doubt, really born again, live at a far, guilty distance from the conscious presence of God and do not know the constant joy of answered prayer.

God called one man to preach; and he said, "Lord, I have no money to go to school. I must take care of my family. Lord, I'm too ignorant. But I will be a Sunday-school superintendent." But God would not use him as a Sunday-school superintendent. God did not want work for its own sake; he wanted obedience.

A young friend of mine felt clearly led of God to preach the Gospel. He had been only to the eighth grade in school, was now married, and felt his ignorance, his limitations, his poverty would hinder him. It was a long fight of unbelief that God could use him, of rebellion against the long years of preparation, of holding on to the career and money-making he had planned. But at last when he had surrendered tearfully to the full will of God, this young preacher told me, "Brother Rice, if I do not preach, I can't even live like a Christian!" He meant that God would not give him happiness, would not answer his prayers if he did not surrender to the full will of God.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Pray"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 42 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #453)


Someone said: "Prayer keeps on knocking till the door opens." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #393)

2013-02-02 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 3m 55s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 145:18 which says: "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Stanley. He said, "We may never be put behind bars like Jeremiah was, but God will put us in circumstances and situations in order to teach us how to talk with Him."…

x

Share: Someone said: "Prayer keeps on knocking till the door opens." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #393)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 41 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #452)

2013-02-01 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 27m 40s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 6:5 which reads: "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

It is taken for granted that all who are disciples of Christ pray. You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe, as a living Christian that does not pray. If prayerless, then graceless. The Scribes and Pharisees were guilty of two great faults in prayer, vain-glory and vain repetitions. "Verily they have their reward;" if in so great a matter as is between us and God, when we are at prayer, we can look to so poor a thing as the praise of men, it is just that it should be all our reward. Yet there is not a secret, sudden breathing after God, but he observes it. It is called a reward, but it is of grace, not of debt; what merit can there be in begging? If he does not give his people what they ask, it is because he knows they do not need it, and that it is not for their good. So far is God from being wrought upon by the length or words of our prayers, that the most powerful intercessions are those which are made with groanings that cannot be uttered. Let us well study what is shown of the frame of mind in which our prayers should be offered, and learn daily from Christ how to pray.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God is not going to make you pray, but you ought to pray. God does not make you pray. But if you want to see souls saved in your ministry, if you want to see revival, if you want to see God bless your family and your children, if you want to see all of your needs met, then it is best for you to pray, it behooves you to pray—you ought to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from The Kneeling Christian. He said: "Do we realize that there is nothing the devil dreads so much as prayer? His great concern is to keep us from praying. He loves to see us “up to our eyes” in work – provided we do not pray. He does not fear because we are eager and earnest Bible students – provided we are little in prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 41 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In I Samuel 15, we see that Saul came back leading King Agag, alive, behind his chariot and with a great number of sheep and oxen as a spoil, which he said he intended to offer as sacrifices to God. But, oh, how the wrath of God mounted up against Saul for his disobedience! Hear what God said to him through Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:22-23:

"And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king."

Immediately thereafter Saul pled with Samuel to go worship with him. Saul admitted his sin. He even laid hold upon the skirt of Samuel's mantle, as Samuel turned indignantly away, and rent the mantle. Despite all Saul's professed repentance, God rejected him as king. David was anointed to take his place, and Saul went steadily downhill until his suicidal death in disgrace, with his sons who, but for Saul's self-will, might have reigned after him.

How moving is the story of how Saul tried to pray, but because of his self-will, his disobedience, God would not hear! God said to him, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." God does not want our money nor our work nor our promise one-half as much as He wants our hearts surrendered to …

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 41 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #452)


Corrie ten Boom said: "What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #392)

2013-01-31 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 45s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Donald Whitney. He said, "Sometimes a failure to persist in prayer proves that we were not serious about our request in the first place. At other times God wants us to persist in prayer in order to strengthen our faith in Him. Faith would never grow if all prayers were answered immediately. Persistent prayer tends to develop deeper gratitude as well. As the joy of a baby’s birth is greater because of the months of anticipation, so is the joy of an answer to prayer after persistent praying. And as much as a generation that measures time in nanoseconds hates to admit its need for it, God crafts Christlike patience in us when He requires persistence in prayer."…

x

Share: Corrie ten Boom said: "What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #392)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 40 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #451)

2013-01-30

  Our prayer motivator verse for today is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Allow me [...]…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 40 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #451)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 40 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #451)

2013-01-30 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 35s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which reads: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God expects that his people who are called by his name, if they have dishonoured his name by their iniquity, should honour it by accepting the punishment of their iniquity. They must be humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favour of God; and yet all this will not do unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted. National mercy is then promised, that God will forgive their sin, which brought the judgment upon them, and then heal their land, redress all their grievances. Pardoning mercy makes ways for healing mercy.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You need to let your children see you pray. Your children need to see you pray through the good times and the bad times. They need to see you pray constantly. They need to see you pray without ceasing. Not only should your children see you pray, let them hear you pray. In other words, pray out loud. Let them hear you call out their names in prayer. Pray for them and with them. Yes, indeed, men, women, boys, and girls ought to pray because we need God in our lives to help us do what He wants done in the world.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from S.D. Gordon. He said, "It may sound strange, but in its simplest meaning prayer has to do with conflict. Rightly understood it is the deciding factor in a spirit conflict...Prayer is man giving God a footing on the contested territory of this earth."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 40 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Self-will, Rebellion, and Disobedience Hinders Prayer

Dear Christian, I am probing in your heart and life trying to help you find the reasons for unanswered prayer. What sin of yours hinders your prayers and shuts out the blessing God would give you?

Self-will is another horrible sin which means that God cannot have His way in your life and cannot give you His best.

I recall the case in Saul, the first king of Israel, who was commanded to go out and utterly destroy the Amalekites. God said to him in 1 Samuel 15:3, "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass!" If that seems to you a hard command, then I remind you that you do not hate sin as God does. This wicked, idolatrous nation had long deserved extermination. God's long-poured-out mercies had been rejected. If any of the nation were left alive, they would be a temptation and snare to Israel. Even their property should be destroyed as an awful reminder to Israel of how God hated sin and was certain to punish it.

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing "Let Us Pray"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 40 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #451)


Evinda Lepins said: "Has someone or something pushed your anxiety button? Answer it with prayer!" (The Prayer Motivator Minute #391)

2013-01-29 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 3s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 27:8 which reads: "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said, "Prayer is as vast as God because He is behind it. Prayer is as mighty as God, because He has committed Himself to answer it." …

x

Share: Evinda Lepins said: "Has someone or something pushed your anxiety button? Answer it with prayer!" (The Prayer Motivator Minute #391)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 39 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #450)

2013-01-28

  Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 16:24 which reads: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Asking of the Father shows a sense of [...]…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 39 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #450)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 39 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #450)

2013-01-28 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 24m 21s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is John 16:24 which reads: "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Asking of the Father shows a sense of spiritual wants, and a desire of spiritual blessings, with conviction that they are to be had from God only. Asking in Christ's name, is acknowledging our unworthiness to receive any favours from God, and shows full dependence upon Christ as the Lord our Righteousness. Our Lord had hitherto spoken in short and weighty sentences, or in parables, the import of which the disciples did not fully understand, but after his resurrection he intended plainly to teach them such things as related to the Father and the way to him, through his intercession. And the frequency with which our Lord enforces offering up petitions in his name, shows that the great end of the mediation of Christ is to impress us with a deep sense of our sinfulness, and of the merit and power of his death, whereby we have access to God. And let us ever remember, that to address the Father in the name of Christ, or to address the Son as God dwelling in human nature, and reconciling the world to himself, are the same, as the Father and Son are one.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: You may ask me, Why do I need to pray more? My friend, isn’t it strange how that when God pours out His blessings upon us, instead of our getting more on fire for the Lord, we get cooler and cooler? And so, therefore, even with God’s blessings, you need to pray more. You need to understand that you don’t have the power to manage your life successfully. You need God’s direction, you need God’s power; you need His leadership in your life. No matter how much Bible you know, no matter how many Bible schools you have attended, you had better open your mouth and pray to God.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Johannes Gossner. He said, "Prayer is a spiritual law which cooperates with the mind of God. It has more in it than merely petition. It clothes itself in reality and power,with the force of God Himself. It is an attitude of spirit and mind. Language is secondary in true prayer."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 39 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

In Dallas, TX, a good Christian woman who had long proved how joyful and how prosperous it is to put God first with tithes and offerings, came to church one day with her heart all set on plans for some lovely clothes. Her husband's bi-monthly paycheck had come Saturday night, and she had it in her purse at church, since he could not come. She thought to herself, "This one time I'll not put in the tithe; I will give $1.00, and the rest of the money we can use so well for things we need to buy."

But that dear Christian woman was on the committee to prepare the bread and grape juice for the communion table that Sunday morning. As she filled the little glasses her heart remembered the strict injunction, "Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat." She dared not partake of the emblems representing the poured-out blood of the Saviour and His broken body with any known sin or rebellion in her heart. And the Spirit of God spoke insistently to her about how she planned to withhold the tithes and use it for her own ends. She could have no peace in her heart; and she cried out to God, "O Heavenly Father, I cannot take the Lord's Supper until I know You are pleased with me!" So she solemnly promised God, "Lord, if You'll give me the joy in my heart again and let me know that You've forgiven me, that there is nothing between my soul and the Saviour, I promise You that before I leave the house of God today I'll get that check cashed and turn in the tithe and offerings that I vowed to You that I wo…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 39 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #450)


Elisabeth Elliot said: "Cold prayers, like cold suitors, are seldom effective in their aims." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #390)

2013-01-26 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 3s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:5 which reads: "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: "Long, discursive, dry, and inane are the prayers in many pulpits. Without unction or heart, they fall like a killing frost on all the graces of worship. Death-dealing prayers they are. Every vestige of devotion has perished under their breath. The deader they are the longer they grow." …

x

Share: Elisabeth Elliot said: "Cold prayers, like cold suitors, are seldom effective in their aims." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #390)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 38 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #449)

2013-01-25

  Our prayer motivator verse for today is Proverbs 15:29 which reads: “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary: God sets himself at a distance from those who set him at [...]…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 38 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #449)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 38 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #449)

2013-01-25 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 25s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Proverbs 15:29 which reads: "The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God sets himself at a distance from those who set him at defiance. The wicked shall be for ever banished from his presence and he will behold them afar off. He will draw nigh to those in a way of mercy who draw nigh to him in a way of duty.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: The only discipline of the Christian faith that we are told to do “without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, esteemed this matter of prayer very highly. Allow me to remind you that on one occasion Jesus got up a great while before day and prayed. Mark 1:35 states, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” If Jesus Christ had to pray so earnestly, there is no doubt that we, His followers, ought to pray as well.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Eben Alexander. He said: "Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it's the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 38 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

I well know that the issue of tithes and offerings was first addressed to the Jews. I have heard long arguments that the tithe was commanded only for Jews. But that proportionate giving is as clearly commanded in the New Testament as in the Old. Abraham, the tither, the man of faith, is held up as an example to the New Testament Christians in this matter. And the New Testament examples who are greatly praised went far beyond the tithe, as we see in the case of the woman who put in two mites, in the case of the saints at Jerusalem after Pentecost, and the churches of Macedonia. Besides, the promises given in the Old Testament about liberality have been abundantly proved true by literally thousands of New Testament Christians. I know that it pays in dollars and cents to bring God the tithes and offerings. And I have proved God, and He has opened the windows of Heaven as He promised.

And why should God demand more of an Old Testament Jew under Law than of a New Testament Christian under grace? Should a Jew under law love God better? Should he trust Him further? Stealing, God-robbing, covetousness is the same wicked sin in New Testament times as it was in Old Testament times. And those who sing, "Oh, How I Love Jesus," but do not love Him a dime's worth out of a dollar will not get far in their praying. If you cannot trust God to supply your need and to repay you for all the tithes and offerings you bring in for Him, you have not much faith.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing "City On Our Knees"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 38 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #449)


Martin Luther said: "The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #389)

2013-01-24 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 19s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Micah 7:7 which reads: "Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Matthew Henry. He said: "We read of preaching the Word out of season, but we do not read of praying out of season, for that is never out of season." …

x

Share: Martin Luther said: "The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #389)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 37 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #448)

2013-01-23

  Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 145:18 which reads: “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary: God is present every where; but in a [...]…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 37 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #448)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 37 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #448)

2013-01-23 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 57s

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 145:18 which reads: "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

God is present every where; but in a special way he is nigh to those who call Him, as he is not to others. He is in their hearts, and dwells there by faith, and they dwell in him. He is nigh to those that call upon him, to help them in all times of need. He will be nigh to them, that they may have what they ask, and find what they seek, if they call upon him in truth and sincerity.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said: "A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God."

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 37 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Because of this sin of covetousness, the whole land of Israel was under a curse. God had withheld the rain. He had not heard their prayers. They were under a curse, and could not get the things they desired from God. And God gave them a challenge in Malachi 3:10-11:

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts."

The simple matter of forsaking covetousness and bringing the tithes and offerings which He had expressly commanded as a token of His ownership of everything would enable God to hear their prayers, to bless their crops, and to pour out such blessings as they would not even be able to receive it! The insect pests would be rebuked, the rain would come when needed, and it would be a happy land, God promised, if the people would prove God on this matter of tithes and offerings.

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free and Assurance singing "Praying Man"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 37 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #448)


Will Rogers said: "The trouble with most of our praying is that we just do it as a means of last resort." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #388)

2013-01-21 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 4m 42s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 John 5:14 which reads: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Matthew Henry. He said: "When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is to set them a-praying." …

x

Share: Will Rogers said: "The trouble with most of our praying is that we just do it as a means of last resort." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #388)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 36 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #447)

2013-01-19

  Our prayer motivator verse 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.” Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Here is a caution against disquieting [...]…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 36 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #447)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 36 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #447)

2013-01-19 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 22m 46s

Our prayer motivator verse 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."

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

Here is a caution against disquieting perplexing care: "Be careful for nothing"—the same expression that Matthew 6:25, "Take no thought for your life"; that is, avoid anxious care and distracting thought in the wants and difficulties of life. Observe, It is the duty and interest of Christians to live without care. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and consists in a wise forecast and due concern; but there is a care of diffidence and distrust which is our sin and folly, and which only perplexes and distracts the mind. "Be careful for nothing, so as by your care to distrust God, and unfit yourselves for his service." As a sovereign antidote against perplexing care he recommends to us constant prayer. Observe, we must not only keep up stated times for prayer, but we must pray upon every particular emergency; we must join thanksgiving with our prayers and supplications; prayer is the offering up of our desires to God, or making them known to him; and the effect of this will be the peace of God keeping our hearts.

My personal encouragement to 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 quote today is from O. Hallesby. He said: "There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence.""

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 36 of our series titled "HINDRANCES TO PRAYER" from Dr. John R. Rice.

Covetousness Puts One Under a Curse and Hinders Prayer

Covetousness, too, is a most respectable sin and is found in the "best families." But it is a sin that God hates terribly. It is literally idolatry, and the covetous man is an idolator. And God's Word says that "the love of money is the root of all evil." That is, literally, that the love of money can lead to every kind of sin in the world.

Now the Scripture expressly says that covetousness is a sin that shuts the heavens against the Christian. In Malachi 3:7-9 we read:

"Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation."

Here is a startling statement that men actually rob God. They do it in tithes and in offerings. The tithe is the Lord's; not to give it is to rob God. The offerings also are the Lord's; not to give them also robs God. And the Lord says, "Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation."

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing "Say a Prayer"…

x

Share: Hindrances to Prayer, Part 36 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #447)


Edwin Louis Cole said: "Prayer in private results in boldness in public." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #387)

2013-01-18 :: The Prayer Motivator Minute
Length: 5m 49s

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Isaiah 58:9 which reads: "Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am."

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said: "A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner." …

x

Share: Edwin Louis Cole said: "Prayer in private results in boldness in public." (The Prayer Motivator Minute #387)


Hindrances to Prayer, Part 35 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #446)

2013-01-17