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Prayer

In our Beth Moore study of Daniel, we have reached chapter 9. The theme of chapter 9 is the prayer of Daniel and the prophecy of the Seventy Weeks. This chapter of Daniel has been called “the greatest chapter in the book and one of the greatest chapters of the entire Bible.” Philip Newell.

This post concerns the prayer of Daniel. What have I learned from Daniel’s example?

  1. Daniel knew his God! Prayer was no haphazard matter with Daniel. It was purposeful and planned. “I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.”
  2. It was painful. “…in fasting and in sackcloth and ashes” was NOT comfortable. No, I’m not saying we have to be uncomfortable, but our prayer does need to reveal the sincereity of our hearts and sometimes that’s not comfortable.
  3. It was plain. Daniel got right down to business. It wasn’t long and flowery. His prayer was only about 3 minutes long as was the prayer of Jesus in John 17!
  4. It was powerful. Daniel received an answer while he was speaking and praying. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14.
  5. It was personal and private. He didn’t call a public prayer meeting; although sometimes that’s a good thing to do too.
  6. It had full penetration. Prayer is the only force that penetrates outer space to the very throne of God!

Just think ~ God knows us by name. We will never pray an anonymous prayer~our petitions never go unsigned. That is so comforting.

Beth said “I believe…that God has great things ‘stored up’ for those of us who esteem Him and take refuge in Him. Not earthly riches, but a life of purpose, tremendous fruit, deep satisfaction, godly influence, open doors for ministry, restoration of relationships and astonishing breakthroughs. These things are stored up by God but released BY PRAYER.”

In this process of prayer, we are developing a relationship ~ with GOD! After this prayer, Gabriel was sent by God to tell him, “As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.” What a relationship.

Believers (I use that word because many people call themselves Christians) have that kind of relationship with God. But it is only possible to have it because of the blood of Christ!

NOTE:  Some information is from the study of Daniel by J. Vernon McGee.

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The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psm. 28:7

I am thankful for Christian music and those that perform it. Music has always been an important part of my life and now that I am a believer, praise and worship music is so meaningful.

I’m also thankful for all the believers I’ve “met” through blogging. It’s so amazing to see God work in these lives and for that I give Him praise.

I’m thankful that our youngest daughter got her GED.  She has struggled through school and this has been a great accomplishment!

I’m thankful for all the free stuff on the internet. Free bibles, free Christian graphics, free WordPress and free Blogger, Christian Women Online, bible studies, devotions. If all of these weren’t free, I, for one, wouldn’t be here.

I’m thankful for Hubby’s job. He has been with the same company for over 31 years. I’m thankful they provide medical insurance and retirement. This past year, he had perfect attendance and they gave him money for us to go out to dinner! Wooooo Hooooo!

I’m thankful that we are planning a vacation this Spring. We will be taking a week to head up to New York state to see the country~outside the City~and visit some family for a couple of days. It will be our first real vacation in several years.

What are you thankful for? If you’d like to join us, please visit Iris at Sting My Heart and play along.

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Since this is February and Valentine’s Day is approaching and “eveyone’s mind turns to thoughts of love” ~ oops, that for Spring ~ I wanted to share this.  I found it over at Christian Women Today‘s website.  It’s an article by Jim Burns.

This is what is listed:

  1. Men would rather feel unloved than inadequate and disrespected.
  2. A man’s anger is often a response to feeling disrespected by his wife.
  3. Men are insecure.
  4. Men feel the burden of being the provider for their family.
  5. Men want more sex.
  6. Sex means more than sex.
  7. Men struggle with visual temptation.
  8. Men enjoy romance, but doubt their skills to be romantic.
  9. Men care about their wife’s appearance.
  10. Men want their wives to know how much they love them.

I found these very interesting and helpful.  I had heard some of them before, but as somewhat surprised by 2.   The explanation is this:  When a husband becomes angry with his wife, he may not come out and say, “You’re disrespecting me!” But, there is a good likelihood that he is feeling stung by something his wife has done which he considers disrespectful and humiliating.  That makes perfect sense to me.

I enjoyed reading these and as Valentine’s Day approaches, encourage you to read this article with an open mind and let God guide your heart.  I’m asking Him to guide mine.

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