Purposed Prayer Prescriptions - December 9th
2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. 3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, "O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,
Daniel had a prayer life based on God's word. He allowed the word of God to stir His heart to pray according to the covenant that God had made with the nation of Israel. Friend, what stirs your heart to prayer? Is it a trial or tragedy, or is it based on a persistent pursuit of your personal relationship with Jesus based on God's word? You see, God has spoken to us in His word in so many ways. When we speak His word in prayer, allowing the Spirit to keep our hearts in line with His word, then we have greater connection with Him and with answers to prayer in our life also.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
We should be praying with a biblical mindset with persistence and passion on a regular basis rather than only speaking with God in times of crisis. The good news friend is that the Lord loves us enough to connect with us in that crisis, problem, or trial but loves us too much to allow us to remain satisfied with only communicating in a time need. He wants us to intercede, to grow in love for Him, and love for others. This is a special place and privilege that the new covenant, found in Jesus Christ, provides us. We have full access to pursue our Heavenly Father at all times.
Life Lesson: Stay soaked in the Scriptures and the Spirit so the substance of our prayers reflect the Savior.
Thank you that I can turn to You and find forgiveness. Thank You that Your word speaks to so many different areas of my life, where I am now and where You desire to lead me. Please give me the grace to continue to pursue You whether the times are good or bad and that You would always be glorified in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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