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Asking Really Fulfills All Other Specific Conditions of Prayer, Part 17 (The Prayer Motivator Devoti

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 119:145-146 which reads: "I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies."

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

Here we have, David’s good prayers, by which he sought to God for mercy; these he mentions here, not as boasting of them, or trusting to any merit in them, but reflecting upon them with comfort, that he had taken the appointed way to comfort. We observe here that he was inward with God in prayer; he prayed with his heart, and prayer is acceptable no further than the heart goes along with it. Lip-labour, if that be all, is lost labour. He was importunate with God in prayer; he cried, as one in earnest, with fervour of affection and a holy vehemence and vigour of desire. He cried with his whole heart; all the powers of his soul were not only engaged and employed, but exerted to the utmost, in his prayers. Then we are likely to speed when we thus strive and wrestle in prayer.

We will discuss this verse further in our next broadcast.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Barclay. He said: "We are trying not so much to make God listen to us as to make ourselves listen to him; we are trying not to persuade God to do what we want, but to find out what he wants us to do. It so often happens that in prayer we are really saying, “Thy will be changed,” when we ought to be saying, 'Thy will be done.' The first object of prayer is not so much to speak to God as to listen to him."

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing "What If His People Prayed?"

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