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”