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Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 15 (TPMD Bus 1 – #230)

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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 passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Thy kingdom come. This petition has plainly a reference to the doctrine which Christ preached at this time, which John Baptist had preached before, and which he afterwards sent his apostles out to preach—the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The kingdom of your Father who is in heaven, the kingdom of the Messiah, this is at hand, pray that it may come. We should turn the word we hear into prayer, our hearts should echo to it; does Christ promise, surely I come quickly? our hearts should answer, Even so, come.

We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that if there ever was a time to pray in the history of our world, that time is now. We need to pray. We ought to pray. It is best for us to pray. This is indeed a praying time. “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” I guarantee you that many of you on some occasion in your Christian walk have felt like fainting.You felt like giving up. But God does not want us to give up. He wants us to continue to pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Margaret Gibb. She said: “We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 15 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Does the heart beat automatically, with no supervision? Certainly human beings do not supervise nor control their heartbeats. Then does God keep life in the body? And when and where does a baby get its soul? Does that individuality, that personality that comprises a separate human being, come to the baby by chemical processes? Does it come by some mechanical act of nature? Isn’t it more likely that the Christ who created the world and sustains it is still the only One who can give and who can sustain life? Then life every day is surrounded with invisible miracles. Christ is in His own creation, sustaining it, and “by Him all things consist.”

The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not simply nature. He is not simply a divine influence but a person. The work of the Holy Spirit is as supernatural as the work of God the Father or as the work of Christ. The Holy Spirit works constantly today His miracles in the lives of men.

+ Plus, listen to Daniel Whyte Jr. singing “Prayer”

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #384)

Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 14 (TPMD Bus 1 – #229)

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Our prayer motivator passage 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 passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

We desire and pray that the name of God, that is, God himself, in all that whereby he has made himself known, may be sanctified and glorified both by us and others, and especially by himself. “Father, let thy name be glorified as a Father, and a Father in heaven; glorify thy goodness and thy highness, thy majesty and mercy. Let thy name be sanctified, for it is a holy name; no matter what becomes of our polluted names, but, Lord, what wilt thou do to thy great name?” When we pray that God’s name may be glorified, We make a virtue of necessity; for God will sanctify his own name, whether we desire it or not. He said in Scripture, “I will be exalted among the heathen.” So, we ask for that which we are sure shall be granted; for when our Saviour prayed, “Father glorify thy name,” it was immediately answered, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: Have you ever had the thought to come to your mind to pray? You were not thinking about prayer, you were not talking with anyone about prayer, and you were not reading anything on prayer, but the thought came seemingly out of nowhere: “why don’t you go ahead and pray now.” I have had many of those experiences. And the only answer I can give for that prompting to pray is that the Holy Spirit of God prompts us to pray at different times. It is definitely not from the devil because the devil does not want us to pray. In fact, the last thing the devil wants you to do is pray. So when the thought comes across your mind to pray, no matter where you are or what you are doing, make sure you take note of that thought and pray.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said: “The inattentive, slovenly way we drift into the presence of God is an indication that we are not bothering to think about Him. Whenever our Lord spoke of prayer, He said, “Ask.” It is impossible to ask if you do not concentrate.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 14 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Colossians 1:16-17 reads, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

Christ Himself created all things. But that is not all; “by him all things consist.” Christ is as miraculously sustaining and holding all things together this moment as He miraculously created them in the beginning! People think that unnumbered millions of stars, suns, planets, and comets of the universe simply spin and revolve in their intricate patterns without supervision. That is silly. Christ not only created; He sustains. His power keeps the earth in its annual journey about the sun. He Himself guides through the infinite trails of space comets which follow a known schedule but which are controlled by forces science cannot fathom nor find. If science has proved anything, it is that perpetual motion from one initial start is utterly impossible. There must be a continuing source of energy…

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #383)

Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 13 (TPMD Bus 1 – #228)

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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 passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

We fix our end, and it is the right end to be aimed at, and ought to be our chief and ultimate end in all our petitions, that God may be glorified; all our other requests must be in subordination to this, and in pursuance of it. “Father, glorify thyself in giving me my daily bread and pardoning my sins,” etc. Since all is of him and through him, all must be to him and for him. In prayer our thoughts and affections should be carried out most to the glory of God. The Pharisees made their own name the chief end of their prayers, in opposition to which we are directed to make the name of God our chief end; let all our petitions centre in this and be regulated by it. “Do so and so for me, for the glory of thy name, and as far as is for the glory of it.”

We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that we need to pray for our churches. We need to pray for our pastors. Haven’t you found out that when you pray for your pastor throughout the week, you won’t have anything negative to say about him? Did you know that a person can come to church, and if he or she isn’t prayed up, he or she can have a negative attitude toward the pastor or toward a fellow church member for no reason at all? Have you ever had a friend or someone in authority over you, be it a pastor or whoever, and everything was all right between you and that person, but somehow you had something negative to develop in your heart toward that person for no reason? That’s nothing but the devil trying to cause division. We need to pray to God to help us to love one another. We need to pray to God to help us to get along with one another. I have been in churches where a person will wait by the piano, all night if he has to, so as not to shake a particular person’s hand. I mean they will do all kinds of calisthenics to avoid any contact with that person. These things ought not so to be. If they are so, you need to pray about it. You need to pray about your attitude. You need to pray about your spirit. You need to pray and ask God to help you to love all your brothers and sisters in Christ—not based on what they do or say, or have done and said, but because they are your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E. M. Bounds. He said: “Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 13 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Other religions teach man to try to be good. Christianity teaches that a man must be supernaturally, miraculously born again, by direct act of God the Holy Spirit, making him a new creature. The Bible teaches clearly that God directly, supernaturally answers prayer, that the Holy Spirit of God literally dwells in the bodies of saved people, to direct them, to comfort them, to give them wisdom and power in a wholly supernatural manner. …

+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing “Prayer”

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #382)

Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 12 (TPMD Bus 1 – #227)

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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:

Hallowed be thy name. It is the same word that in other places is translated sanctified. But here the old word hallowed is retained, only because people were used to it in the Lord’s prayer. In these words, We give glory to God; it may be taken not as a petition, but as an adoration; as that, the Lord be magnified, or glorified, for God’s holiness is the greatness and glory of all his perfections. We must begin our prayers with praising God, and it is very fit he should be first served, and that we should give glory to God, before we expect to receive mercy and grace from him. Let him have praise of his perfections, and then let us have the benefit of them.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is for those who are single. For those of you who might be single, you need to pray as well. I have had single people to share with me how hard it is to pray alone. I know. I was single once. But it’s equally hard in marriage. Remember, the grass is not greener on the other side. You cannot allow your happiness and your joy and your peace to depend on your future wife, your future husband, or your circumstances. Your happiness, your joy, and your peace of mind must be found in Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 26:3 we read: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” By keeping your mind on Jesus Christ, you are guaranteed perfect peace, and one way you can keep your mind on Jesus is through having times of regular prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Abraham Joshua Heschel. He said: “In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

You may have heathen religions without miracles. You may have evolutionary theory without miracles. You may have modernism without miracles. You may have atheism without miracles. BUT YOU CANNOT HAVE CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT MIRACLES! Christianity is a miracle religion.

Every opponent of Christianity opposes it on the point of miracles. Evolutionists do not believe in a direct, immediate, supernatural, miraculous creation. They do not believe that God made something out of nothing, that He did it instantly and not by a process. They do not believe that God made man directly out of dust. Infidels do not believe that the Bible was directly, miraculously inspired of God. They may think good men wrote it; they do not think that God miraculously gave the Book, making it entirely different in kind from other books and infallibly correct. Critics particularly deny the recorded miracles of the Bible such as the Flood, the miracles of Jonah and the whale, of the sun standing still for about a day in its relation to the earth in Joshua’s time, for example. Those who do not believe that Christ is the Son of God, of course, mean that they do not believe in the miracles recorded about Him. They believe that there was a man named Jesus who lived, that He was a good man, a great teacher, a fine example…

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #381)

Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 11 (TPMD Bus 1 – #226)

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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.

+ Plus, listen to Brian Free and Assurance singing “All Things Are Possible”

(The Prayer Motivator Devotional #380)

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