Potent Prayer - Friday, August 17th 2018
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
We see a lot of talk about this thing called prayer. We may toss it out as a blessing to folks who are going through a difficulty or when a sudden need crops up. None of that is wrong, but a good question to ask ourselves is how we can have a potent prayer life—prayer where we experience authentic intimacy, where we genuinely hunger, thirst, and actually experience fellowship with the living God.
There is a lot we can glean from the prayer life of Daniel the prophet. You see, Daniel was consistent and faithful for more than 70 years of his life in prayer. He prayed according to God's word, humbled himself on his knees, had a set appointment three times a day without distraction to pray, and he gave thanks to God for all God had blessed him with. He prayed not only because of any specific trial, but because he had a real relationship with God as a priority.
Friend, we can get easily distracted from prioritizing our time with the Lord. Prayer becomes something we only do in a crisis, but in order for us to have a real relationship with God we need to give him the rightful place and time in our lives.
1 Peter 4:7
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.
Life Lesson: Our prayer life shouldn't be relegated to just crisis control. It's meant to be consistent communion and connection with Christ.
Please give me the grace to make and keep time set aside to worship and dialogue with You in prayer. Please forgive me when I push aside that time and don't take it seriously. Help me to hear from You according to Your word and allow You to speak into my life that I might commune with You always. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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