I’m deeply moved by the prayer in Daniel 9 that seemed to get an answer before it was even finished. Verses 20-22 state, “Now while I was speaking, praying and confessing my sin … yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel … informed me, and talked with me …” (NKJV).
Daniel’s praying got him in trouble with the authorities, but it also rescued him from death. His prayers covered a nation that was loved by God, but was falling short of its potential.
His prayers got answers.
I want my prayers to be that effective. Daniel’s prayers were characterized by humility, transparency, courage, sincerity and hope. God elevated his influence and gave him a national platform. His stories are still being told. Prayer was the centerpiece of Daniel’s life, not a crutch in troubled times.
God knows what our priorities are, and He responds accordingly.
Lead with prayer. It will center you in what God is doing, and it will give you insight on where He is going.
Prayer + Reflection
1. Are you faithful to set aside specific prayer time each day? If not, start a new habit this week. Seek the heart of God and spend time in silence, allowing Him to speak, as well as sharing your heart.
2. What area in your life is falling short of potential? Ask the Lord to provide whatever is needed, and focus on being open to accept whatever resources He sends.
3. Confession of sins is specifically mentioned as the key part of Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9. Spend time searching your heart today for any areas of sin you’ve been blind to, and repent of those to draw nearer to the heart of God.
4. Lift up Foursquare missionaries and their families, who rely on prayer and their faith for daily provision and in the work they do to share the whole gospel with the whole world. See specific prayer needs from FMI.
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