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How to Exercise Your Faith and Grow Greater Faith in God, Part 15 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is 1 Peter 4:7 which reads: "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:

We have here an awful position or doctrine, and an inference drawn from it. The position is that the end of all things is at hand. The miserable destruction of the Jewish church and nation foretold by our Saviour is now very near; consequently, the time of their persecution and your sufferings is but very short. Your own life and that of your enemies will soon come to their utmost period. Nay, the world itself will not continue very long. The conflagration will put an end to it; and all things must be swallowed up in an endless eternity. The inference from this comprises a series of exhortations. First, to sobriety and watchfulness: "Be you therefore sober." Let the frame and temper of your minds be grave, stayed, and solid; and observe strict temperance and sobriety in the use of all worldly enjoyments. Do not suffer yourselves to be caught with your former sins and temptations. Second, watch unto prayer. Take care that you be continually in a calm sober disposition, fit for prayer; and that you be frequent in prayers, lest this end come upon you unawares. We learn the consideration of our approaching end is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religious affairs. Those who would pray to purpose must watch unto prayer. They must watch over their own spirits, watch all fit opportunities, and do their duty in the best manner they can.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Gurnall. He said: "Pray often rather than very long at a time. It is hard to be very long in prayer, and not slacken in our affections."

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