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.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
The petitions, and those are six; the three first relating more immediately to God and his honour, the three last to our own concerns, both temporal and spiritual; as in the ten commandments, the four first teach us our duty toward God, and the last six our duty toward our neighbour. The method of this prayer teaches us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then to hope that other things shall be added.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
My personal encouragement to you today is that you should make it your business to pray in the evening to end your day well. Another critical time for prayer is in the evenings right before you get back together as a couple or family. Husbands, while you are driving home you need to be praying, “Lord, thank You for this good day. Lord, fill me now with Your Holy Spirit. Fill my wife with Your Holy Spirit. And Lord, we pray that You will rebuke and bind Satan the devil from our home. Surround us with a band of Your holy angels. Now, Lord, help us to have a good and sweet evening together as a family. Bless my children, help them to be cooperative and obedient.” Husbands, you need to do that. And wives, while he is doing that on the way home, you need to be praying along the same lines. Try it before you think I am crazy. I guarantee you, you will have a different atmosphere in your home.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “The great thing in prayer is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent love.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 11 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.
The apostles at Pentecost (and I think others) did speak with tongues that were new to them, that is, in foreign languages they had never learned, in order to preach the Gospel to people in their own language in which they were born. And Paul cast a devil out of a fortune-telling girl as recorded in Acts 16:18. No doubt all these signs came as separate instances of separate faith for the particular occasion. And Mark 16:20 indicates that the same kind of thing happened in many, many cases. “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.”
The book of Acts is principally the story of the lives of Peter and Paul, and we may be sure that God signally honored with supernatural manifestations the work of other of His servants everywhere they went, that is, as often as it could honor His name and as often as they had faith for it. Miracles were never done just to show off, never came just at anybody’s whim; but were always the answer to somebody’s faith for that particular instance.
Summing up these Scriptures, every honest reader of the Bible must agree that God did promise miracles to those who had faith for them.
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(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #380)