Prayer Devotion June 25, 2014

         If you have time, read Daniel chapters 2, 6 and 9
Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”  Daniel 2” 19b-23
 
         By reading the book of Daniel, we can see that he had many wonderful traits. Evidently he was handsome, intelligent, and possessed outstanding abilities; some would say he was a lot like Pastor Scott. He had deep convictions and great courage, and he dared to stand for the right-even though it would bring disfavor from the king or even the threat of death. One of Daniel’s finest characteristics was that he was a man of integrity and prayer! In Daniel 2 we find him calling his friends to pray in a time of an extreme emergency, he knew that the task that was set in front of him was a tall order and that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and he had the courage to invite others into the battle that he was facing. In Chapter 6 we see him kneeling three times a day according to his custom; and in chapter 9 we hear him utter one of the most outstanding petitions of confession in the entire Word of God.
         There is a lot we can learn from the words and actions of Daniel, most notably are the ways in which he handled prayer. In Daniel 2:16, Daniel takes the necessary actions to make it possible to answer his own requests. Aware of the crisis he and his friends are facing, he goes to the king himself, asking for more time, after his own actions of doing what he was capable of doing he then calls a group to pray. He tells Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to begin praying with him that the God of heaven would reveal the king’s dream. And after his request has been granted, he is heard giving thanks and praise to the Lord for His gracious answers.
Are you facing adversity today, are you weary, are you broken? Follow the pattern that Daniel has set before us, to do what is within your power, to see the doctor, to go to the therapists, to take a long needed rest, then turn to God and invite your friends to turn also and pray for the things you have no power over, but Christ does, pray fervently, kneel three times a day, even point yourself East toward the Holy City if it helps you to focus, pray until the answer is known or revealed, then praise and glorify God for His infinite mercy and grace as He picks you up and carries you through.

 

Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny

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