When you build a house it needs a solid foundation or in time it will shift and crumble. When you build your prayer life on the Word of God it has a solid foundation. You will be able to withstand the trials of your life without shifting or crumbling under the pressure.
Digging Deeper: Daniel 9
I was reading this chapter today and noticed something I had never seen before.
Isn’t it amazing how you can find something new in the Bible each time you read it?
Just as Daniel came to serve as one of the top three government officials in Babylon, it was wiped out because of their sin.
And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. ‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the Lord; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation. 13 So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. (Jeremiah 25:11-13)
The whole reason for Daniel’s prayer was in response to the situation that Israel was facing because of their 70-year captivity.
Build Your Prayer Life through Seeking God
Backdrop: Daniel probably was around ten when he was taken into captivity. He was very likely in his eighties when the events of in this story took place.
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Daniel is going strong after God.
He had weathered the challenges in his life (think lion’s den. Daniel 6:16)) and knew how to find God.
- Seek the Lord your God
- Seek Him with all your heart
- Seek Him with all your soul
Build Your Prayer Life through Bible Study
I know you are like me and want to learn to pray more fervently.
But like me, you struggle with this. We are in this together and will both learn.
Getting the Word of God into your mind and heart prepares you to be an awesome prayer warrior.
For years I have been faithful with studying my Bible and praying as I go through my day.
Little did I know was that I was preparing to be that Titus Two woman who prays.
Daniel was a student of the books of the Law found in the Old Testament. He didn’t have the advantage we have because the New Testament hadn’t been written yet.
- Oh that you studied your Bible more!
- How we could plead the promises!
The best time of prayer is when our prayers are filled with God’s Word.
When you don’t know how to pray. When you don’t think you can articulate what you want to say in prayer, just plead the promises to God.
“It is grand praying when our mouth is full of God’s Word, for there is no word that can prevail with him like his own.” ~Spurgeon~
Build Your Prayer Life through Preparations
Daniel didn’t just start praying without first preparing his heart and mind.
Daniel was much like us because he did not belong to a priestly clan. Prayer wouldn’t have come naturally to him any more than it does to you.
He prepared to prayer through fasting and putting on sackcloth and ashes. This was outwardly symbolic of the need to repent and humble his heart.
Build Your Prayer Life through Pleading the Promises
Daniel knew that effective prayer comes out of knowing and praying God’s Word over our present circumstances.
I don’t know how to pray a perfectly beautiful sounding prayer.
I turn my thoughts into prayer. I pray as I do things around the house. I pray in the shower.
But come along with me and grow as I learn to pray.
Andrew Murray says, “Lord, teach me to pray.” That is my prayer too!
Instead of learning to pray a beautifully worded prayer, let’s learn to plead the promises.
Let’s start with Daniel’s amazing prayer
- Print the linked passage (at the top) with Daniel’s prayer in your favorite version. (I prefer the King James Version but often look at the NKJV)
- Repent and humble yourself so you can see yourself as God sees you.
- Pray Daniel’s Prayer for a situation in your life
We are going to learn to pray together by building a solid foundation on the Word of God.
Will you commit with me to build your prayer life on the sure foundation of the Word of God? Let’s ask God to teach us how to plead the promises.