Recently I’ve spent some time reading the book of Daniel and Daniel’s Prayer.
Daniel Chapter 9: 1-19 (NLT) says:
“It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land. “Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. O Lord, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice. “So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him. “O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. “O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary. “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.””
One of the reasons I was led to start Daniel, first and foremost because I wanted to improve my prayer life.
Some days it’s a struggle. “Dear Lord, thank you for so and so. Amen”
Then some days we talk all night and morning.
Some days – not so much. Let’s just read a Psalm!
So as you probably figured out by now… consistency was seriously lacking and I wanted to improve. Praying is how I get to speak to The Most High, the Great I am, my Daddy, my Maker…. my Everything. So in no way shape or form should that area be “wishy- washy”.
I needed to change my prayer life. I yearned a healthy prayer life.
So, I learned a lot by studying Daniel and his prayer life.
1. Daniel’s foremost lifestyle choice was a decision to pray and give thanks to God. He was always quick to seek the Lord FIRST and wise counsel AFTER.
2. Daniel reverenced the Lord..
3. Daniel pleaded with God through prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting always seem to go hand in hand. Verse 3 says: “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting”
4. Daniel always thanked God for his goodness and mercy and praised His great name. He always praised God for the revelations of His wisdom.
5. Daniel made request to the Lord. Before the request were made, he prayed confessing his sins and spoke of God’s promises.
6. Daniel was a feverent prayer. He prayed with belief and knowledge. The Dictionary.com defines “feverent” as : having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.
7. Daniel was committed to hearing and knowing God’s word despite any circumstance.
8. Daniel remained within the will of God.
After studying a few chapters of this book I quickly realized that when I pray, I talk to God but when I read God’s word, God talks to me. In order to hear God’s voice after I pray my “listening” skills would need to improve, so will my “conversation” skills with Jesus would too.
I finally got it, Prayer is a conversation with God. It’s an ongoing thing. Something that doesn’t have to be over thought out or overly planned. I simply just had to reverently and openly come before my Father and lay it all out. It’s about relationship
Why do we find it so hard to do some days?
Do you guys struggle with this sometimes ?
Let me know!
lots of love,
The Graced Citizen