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TODAY’S POEM: “Don’t Stop Praying, God Can Make It Right” by Djean Whitney

VERSE: I Samuel 7:5-8: “And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord. And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh. And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

QUOTE: “As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.” –Author Unknown

DEVOTIONAL: “ALONE WITH GOD” Part 7 from Andrew Murray

Still further to confirm this faith in the Father-love of God, Christ speaks a third word: ‘Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.’ At first sight it might appear as if this thought made prayer less needful: God knows far better than we what we need. But as we get a deeper insight into what prayer really is, this truth will help much to strengthen our faith. It will teach us that we do not need, as the heathen, with the multitude and urgency of our words, to compel an unwilling God to listen to us.

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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.”

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

When the dresser of the vineyard in Luke 13:7-8, asked for a year’s respite for the barren fig-tree, he added, I will dig about it. God gives knowledge and grace to those that search the scriptures, and wait at Wisdom’s gates; and power against sin to those that avoid the occasions of it. We must not only ask, but knock; we must come to God’s door, must ask importunately; not only pray, but plead and wrestle with God; we must seek diligently; we must continue knocking; must persevere in prayer, and in the use of means; must endure to the end in the duty. Here is a promised annexed: our labour in prayer, if indeed we do labour in it, shall not be in vain: where God finds a praying heart, he will be found a prayer-hearing God; he shall give thee an answer of peace. The precept is threefold, ask, seek, knock; there is precept upon precept; but the promise is sixfold, line upon line, for our encouragement; because a firm belief of the promise would make us cheerful and constant in our obedience.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Gurnall. He said: “Go to God by prayer for a key to unlock the mysteries of His Word. It is not the plodding but the praying soul, that will get this treasure of Scripture knowledge. God often brings a truth to the Christian’s hand as a return of prayer, which he had long hunted for in vain with much labour and study: “There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets”; and where doth He reveal the secrets of His world but at the throne of grace?”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “JUST PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Asking is the same implication given in James 4:2: “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.” It is not right to read into this verse what it does not say. It is not right to search through the Bible and try to find other Scriptures that will limit this verse and make it mean less than it says.

Hundreds of times I have read Matthew 7:7-8 and James 4:2 to congregations and have asked them if they believed that everyone who asked received, and that just by asking we can get things from God. In every single case where I gave people a chance to reply, some said, “Yes, that is true if we ask according to God’s will,” or “If we do not ask amiss,” or, “If we ask in faith.” When I pressed the matter, some have frankly said, “No, I do not believe it.”

Now that is practical infidelity. Any verse of the Bible may be believed. Any one is so perfectly stated that it means exactly what it says. And certainly these two passages expressly say that by asking (continual asking, if necessary) one can get things from God without limiting this promise by other conditions.

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(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #269)

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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.”

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

We must not only ask, but Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost, or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Seek by prayer. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door.’ We would be admitted to converse with God, would be taken into his love, and favour, and kingdom; sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer, we knock; Lord, Lord, open to us. Christ knocks at our door; and allows us to knock at his, which is a favour we do not allow to common beggars. Seeking and knocking imply something more than asking and praying. We must not only ask but seek; we must second our prayers with our endeavors; we must, in the use of the appointed means, seek for that which we ask for, else we tempt God.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Bill Thrasher. He said: “I have found it helpful to begin my day by systematically reading the Bible and giving God the opportunity to direct my attention to certain truths. These truths become the springboard to begin speaking to the Lord.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “JUST PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.

God’s promises mean exactly what they say.

Let us go back to Matthew 7:7-8, where Jesus said, “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.”

Now, the dear Lord Jesus was always honest and always exactly accurate. He means here just exactly what He said. If you ask, you shall receive. If you seek, you shall find. If you knock, it shall be opened unto you.

And the only possible limitation to that promise, since it means exactly what it says, is in the amount of asking. Literally I understand the Greek to mean “be asking,” or “keep on asking, and it shall be given unto you,” and “keep on seeking,” and “keep on knocking.” Evidently what Jesus meant for us to do was to take this promise at literal face value. If there were no other verse in the Bible, this one is all true. All that it implies is true. It is not right to try to find one verse in the Bible to hamstring another, to take away its meaning. All the verses in the Bible, rightly interpreted, would mean the same as this means — that those who ask receive from God; that if you want things from God, you are just to pray, simply to ask for them.

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(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #268)

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TODAY’S POEM: “God Answers Prayer” by George Bennard

VERSE: Judges 16:28: “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.”

QUOTE: “In the quiet hours, in the heat of battle, and through the hazards of the day; in times of temptation, of sorrow, of peace and of blessing, let us pray always, both alone, and with our families gathered around us, with gratitude for the blessings of life, for understanding of its problems, and for strength to endure to the end.” –Heber J. Grant

DEVOTIONAL: “ALONE WITH GOD” Part 6 from Andrew Murray

‘And thy Father, which seeth in secret, will recompense thee.’ Here Jesus assures us that secret prayer cannot be fruitless: its blessing will show itself in our life. We have but in secret, alone with God, to entrust our life before men to Him; He will reward us openly; He will see to it that the answer to prayer be made manifest in His blessing upon us. Our Lord would thus teach us that as infinite Fatherliness and Faithfulness is that with which God meets us in secret, so on our part there should be the childlike simplicity of faith, the confidence that our prayer does bring down a blessing. ‘He that cometh to God must believe that He is a rewarder of them that seek Him.’ Not on the strong or the fervent feeling with which I pray does the blessing of the closet depend, but upon the love and the power of the Father to whom I there entrust my needs. And therefore the Master has but one desire: Remember your Father is, and sees and hears in secret; go there and stay there, and go again from there in the confidence: He will recompense. Trust Him for it; depend upon Him: prayer to the Father cannot be vain; He will reward you openly.

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Just Pray, Part 1 (TPMD Bus 1 – #159)

 

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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.”

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

Our Saviour, in the foregoing chapter, had spoken of prayer as a commanded duty, by which God is honoured, and which, if done aright, shall be rewarded; here he speaks of it as the appointed means of obtaining what we need, especially grace to obey the precepts he had given, some of which are so displeasing to flesh and blood. Here is a precept in three words to the same purport, Ask, Seek, Knock; that is, in one word, “Pray; pray often; pray with sincerity and seriousness; pray, and pray again; make conscience of prayer, and be constant in it; make a business of prayer, and be earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms.’’ Those that would be rich in grace, must betake themselves to the poor trade of begging, and they shall find it a thriving trade. “Ask; represent your wants and burdens to God, and refer yourselves to him for support and supply, according to his promise. Ask as a traveller asks the way; to pray is to enquire of God.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jerry Bridges. He said: “It is hypocritical to pray for victory over our sins yet be careless in our intake of the Word of God.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled “JUST PRAY” from Dr. John R. Rice.

All conditions of prayer in the Bible are extra encouragements and opportunities to pray. All prayers are fulfilled in asking.

Do you want something from God? Then pray! Prayer gets things from God, and the one great condition of getting things is asking for them.

Some Scriptures give special promises for those who ask in faith. Others mention that we can get anything we want if we ask according to His will. Again we are told that whatsoever we shall ask in Christ’s name, we can have. Then if two are agreed, they can have what they ask. Persistence in prayer is encouraged too; and those who cry day and night to God will be heard speedily.

But all these are enlargements of promise, not limitations. These are promises, not strictures. These are to make prayer easier, not harder. These promises are simply elaborations of the general promises that we can get things just by praying, by asking.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing “A Little Talk with Jesus”

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #267)

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