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Pray Always and Everywhere, Part 4 (TPMD Bus 2 – #565)

 

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TODAY’S POEM: “Don’t Give Up” by Margaret Cagle

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is I Samuel 12:19 which reads: “And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Heather Love. She said: “It takes a real woman to get up in the morning, put her big girl pants on, and get busy praying to God.”

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

Our prayer motivator devotional today is titled “PRAY ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE” part 4 from E.M. Bounds.

Major D. W. Whittle, in an introduction to the wonders of prayer, says of George Muller, of Bristol: “I met Mr. Muller in the express, the morning of our sailing from Quebec to Liverpool. About half-an-hour before the tender was to take the passengers to the ship, he asked of the agent if a deck chair had arrived for him from New York. He was answered, “No,” and told that it could not possibly come in time for the steamer. I had with me a chair I had just purchased, and told Mr. Muller of the place nearby, and suggested, as but a few moments remained, that he had better buy one at once. His reply was, “No, my brother. Our Heavenly Father will send the chair from New York. It is one used by Mrs. Muller. I wrote ten days ago to a brother, who promised to see it forwarded here last week. He has not been prompt, as I would have desired, but I am sure our Heavenly Father will send the chair. Mrs. Muller is very sick on the sea, and has particularly desired to have this same chair, and not finding it here yesterday, we have made special prayer that our Heavenly Father would be pleased to provide it for us, and we will trust Him to do so.”

As this dear man of God went peacefully on board, running the risk of Mrs. Muller making the trip without a chair, when, for a couple of dollars, she could have been provided for, I confess I feared Mr. Muller was carrying his faith principles too far and not acting wisely. I was kept at the express office ten minutes after Mr. Muller left. Just as I started to hurry to the wharf, a team drove up the street, and on top of a load just arrived front New York was Mr. Muller’s chair. It was sent at once to the tender and placed in my hands to take to Mr. Muller, just as the boat was leaving the dock (the Lord having a lesson for me). Mr. Muller took it with the happy, pleased expression of a child who has just received a kindness deeply appreciated, and reverently removing his hat and folding his hands over it, he thanked the Heavenly Father for sending the chair.”

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Asking Really Fulfills All Other Specific Conditions of Prayer, Part 2 (TPMD Bus 1 – #167)

 

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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: “Trust in him; deal with him, and be willing to deal upon trust; depend upon him to perform all things for you, upon his wisdom and goodness, his power and promise, his providence and grace. Do this at all times.’’ We must have an 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.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Sale. He said: “Prayer is coming to God, pouring out our hearts in fervent desire and faith, expressing our need, committing our way to Him, and leaving the outcome to the Lord as He most wisely and lovingly sees best.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “ASKING REALLY FULFILLS ALL OTHER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

It is well to remember that faith is a relative matter. Suppose that on the left-hand side of a piece of paper you write “utter unbelief”. Then at the far right-hand side of the paper you write “absolute certainty.” Now draw a line from one to the other between those two, and any point on that line will be faith.

People speak of “perfect faith”, but really there is no perfect faith. As soon as you reach certainty, it is knowledge, not faith. Faith is made up of two parts: belief and unbelief. One may have both at the same time.

Remember the father who came to Jesus in Mark 9:24 and said, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”. And that father, who had some unbelief and some belief, got his prayer answered and his boy healed! When you take all the unbelief out of faith, then it is certainty or knowledge, and not faith at all.

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(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #275)

Pray Always and Everywhere, Part 3 (TPMD Bus 2 – #564)

 

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TODAY’S POEM: “A Good Prayer” by Joanna Fuchs

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is I Samuel 12:19 which reads: “And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Joni Lamb. She said: “Prayer is a lifestyle, not an emergency exit.”

My personal encouragement for 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 devotional today is titled “PRAY ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE” part 3 from E.M. Bounds.

Dr. Adam Clarke, in his autobiography, records that when Mr. Wesley was returning to England by ship, considerable delay was caused by contrary winds. Wesley was reading, when he became aware of some confusion on board, and asking what was the matter, he was informed that the wind was contrary. “Then,” was his reply, “let us go to prayer.”

After Dr. Clarke had prayed, Wesley broke out into fervent supplication which seemed to be more the offering of faith than of mere desire. “Almighty and everlasting God,” he prayed. “Thou hast sway everywhere, and all things serve the purpose of Thy will, Thou holdest the winds in Thy fists and sittest upon the water floods, and reignest a King for ever. Command these winds and these waves that they obey Thee, and take us speedily and safely to the haven whither we would go.”

The power of this petition was felt by all. Wesley rose from his knees, made no remark, but took up his book and continued reading. Dr. Clarke went on deck, and to his surprise found the vessel under sail, standing on her right course. Nor did she change till she was safely at anchor. On the sudden and favourable change of wind, Wesley made no remark; so fully did he expect to be heard that he took it for granted that he was heard.

That was prayer with a purpose—the definite and direct utterance of one who knew that he had the ear of God, and that God had the willingness as well as the power to grant the petition which he asked of Him.

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Asking Really Fulfills All Other Specific Conditions of Prayer, Part 1 (TPMD Bus 1 – #166)

 

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God 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.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Piper. He said: “Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy, and exalts God as wealthy.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled “ASKING REALLY FULFILLS ALL OTHER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

If you study prayerfully all these specific “conditions of prayer” you will find that asking really fulfills them all; that they are not barriers between a Christian and God but rather open doors. The Christian can come through any one of them or all of them, so anxious is God for us to approach Him in prayer and ask for all we need!

Ask in faith. Faith is more often mentioned as a condition of prayer than anything else. Remember these marvelous promises of Jesus:

Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith be it unto you.”

Matthew 17:20, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Matthew 21:22, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Mark 9:23, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

Mark 11:22-24, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #274)

Pray Always and Everywhere, Part 2 (TPMD Bus 2 – #563)

 

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TODAY’S POEM: “God of Bethel” by Philip Doddridge

Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is I Samuel 12:19 which reads: “And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Lecrae. He said: “A day without prayer is a day we foolishly believe we have under control.”

My personal encouragement for 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 devotional today is titled “PRAY ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE” part 2 from E.M. Bounds.

There are, and there ought to be, stated seasons of communication with God when, everything else shut out, we come into His presence to talk to Him and to let Him speak to us; and out of such seasons springs that beautiful habit of prayer that weaves a golden bond between earth and heaven. Without such stated seasons the habit of prayer can never be formed; without them there is no nourishment for the spiritual life. By means of them the soul is lifted into a new atmosphere—the atmosphere of the heavenly city, in which it is easy to open the heart to God and to speak with Him as friend speaks with friend.

Thus, in every circumstance of life, prayer is the most natural out-pouring of the soul, the unhindered turning to God for communion and direction. Whether in sorrow or in joy, in defeat or in victory, in health or in weakness, in calamity or in success, the heart leaps to meet with God just as a child runs to his mother’s arms, ever sure that with her is the sympathy that meets every need.

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