Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 5:43-44 which reads: “We have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
We must pray for them: Pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you. Note, It is no new thing for the most excellent saints to be hated, and cursed, and persecuted, and despitefully used, by wicked people; Christ himself was so treated. Note, That when at any time we meet with such usage, we have an opportunity of showing our conformity both to the precept and to the example of Christ, by praying for them who thus abuse us. If we cannot otherwise testify our love to them, yet this way we may without ostentation, and it is such a way as surely we durst not dissemble in. We must pray that God will forgive them, that they may never fare the worse for any thing they have done against us, and that he would make them to be at peace with us; and this is one way of making them so.
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 Mark Dever. He said: “Praying God’s Word back to Him in the corporate assembly communicates that we want to approach Him in His terms, not ours, and according to who He has revealed Himself to be, not who we would prefer Him to be.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 13 of our series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Ephesians 3:20-21 reads, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Able to do above all that we ask, able to do above all that we can even think! Not only able, but abundantly able. Not only abundantly able, but exceeding abundantly able to do above all that we ask or think!
And then the Scripture tells us that that is according to the power that worked in Paul, and Paul prays that this same exceeding abundantly able God may be glorified in the church by Christ. That is, he prays that God’s mighty power will be manifested in the church, that God will be able to answer prayer down through all ages, greater than anybody can ask or even think!
This wonderful promise shows that God intended that marvelous answers to prayer continue through all ages, having wonders done by the Holy Spirit who worked in Paul, and that these wonders should be done in the name of Jesus Christ, glorifying God. The next time you pray, remember that you have an exceeding abundantly able God who can give more than you can even ask or think. What a challenge to ask great things of God and glorify a great Saviour by letting Him manifest His power!
+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer Changes Things”
(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #355)