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The Power of Importunity or "Praying Through" for Others 3

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 5:43-44 which reads: "Ye 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." 

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Calvin. He said: "Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them." 

Our prayer motivator devotional today is the third part of our series titled, THE POWER OF IMPORTUNITY OR "PRAYING THROUGH" FOR OTHERS AND YOURSELF from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said... 

Before Pentecost, 120 gathered in the Upper Room. "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brethren" (Acts 1:14). There was intercession, there was begging, supplication and waiting before the power of the Holy Ghost came upon them at Pentecost. 

When Paul was saved on the road to Damascus, he was three days and three nights without food. And the angel of God brought the word to Ananias, "Behold he prayeth." For three days and nights after his conversion Paul fasted and prayed. What for? Evidently for bread to give to sinners and for the soul-winning power of the Holy Spirit. For when Ananias came to him, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost" (Acts 9:17). 

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