There was once an old man who was seriously ill. His daughter decided to go get a local pastor to come pray for him. When he arrived, he went into the old mans’ room and noticed an empty chair beside him. “How did you know I was coming?…Let me make myself comfortable.” “Who are you again?” The old man asked. The local pastor identified himself. He was then instructed to close the door; which he did. The old man told him that the reason for the empty chair was for him to speak to God, and this became habitual. Several days later, the old man was found dead and the amazing thing is, his head rested on that very chair.
Prayer. Oh the sweet hour of prayer. Remember that classic song? I should look for it and listen to it😊. The Lord is near to all who call on Him; all who call on Him in truth!( Psalms 145:18). He is near, as near as that empty chair!
Daniel discovered that the 70 years in Jerusalem were almost over and so by fasting and prayer and sack cloth he sought the Lord in Daniel 9:1-19. He acknowledged the greatness and awesomeness of God, then moved on to owning up to the sins committed and the shame…he went on and on but one thing stood out for me, the basis of the entire prayer, that very long prayer was for God to glorify Himself
“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.”(Vs17)
Whenever we pray, we do not do so to prove how spiritual we are, but how powerful God is in whatever situation we face. I also love it when he prays, “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” (Vs 18b)
Our going before God is not because of how good we are, or our merit before men, but it is a privilege derived from Gods’ unending mercy. How powerful!
How he ends his prayer ticks all the boxes for me and for God too!!😆
“Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (Vs 19) If I were God, I would quickly turn my head and answer Daniel very fast and that is exactly what happened. The Lord answered his desperate cry. From his prayer we see outstanding characteristics of God, He is: great and awesome, merciful and forgiving, He listens and He acts.
Prayer is a gift my friend! We can approach His throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Mercy and grace are wrapped around by prayer. How about you open that gift?
Daniel was fervent in His prayer just like Hannah was. He prayed a deep, focused and passion-filled prayer and this is what embodies fervency. Someone said this about the Daniel prayer,
It is born deep within the soul, erupts through the heart, pours out on the lips, created and infused with the Spirit of God, quivering with Spiritual electricity.”
Prayer should be our lifestyle, because it is through this gift of prayer, that we experience God’s love, God’s wisdom and His power. Living a prayerless life causes us to miss out on all these! Pray in good and bad times, let God be your friend like He was a very close one to that old man mentioned in the story. Preserve His seat in your heart in this overcrowded and noisy world.
“Men, may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons but are helpless against our prayers.”Baxter
In prayer lies all the answers. What a gift!
Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to make prayer your lifestyle!😉
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