Meditation

01/27/2020

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.” (Daniel6:1011)

The administrators and satraps had gone to King Darius and asked for a decree that no one was to pray to any god or man in the next 30 days was to be put in the lion’s den. Daniel was aware of Darius’ decree. He knelt, a token of humility. He maintained his regular prayer habits. God vindicated Daniel’s courage.

Prayer should not be an emergency measure, beloved, it should represent habitual communication and fellowship wit Almighty God. Your prayer life should include thanks and petitions as part of regular prayer.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, through the story of Daniel and his faithful prayer life, we have seen that even when faced with punishment for praying to God, God both vindicated him and put His protection around him as he was placed into the fiery oven. Would that we would do the same as Daniel, in spite of potential punishment or death, to stand strong in our faith. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

We are not on this earth to get rich, we are on earth to be enriched.

KNOWING GOD:

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three int h afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God. , who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.’” (Acts 10:16)

Cornelius was a Gentile God-fearer. (H had not formally converted tot he Jewish faith.) He “prayed regularly.” The 3:00 PM hour was the second of three prescribed hours of prayer for the Jews. The Jews prayed regularly throughout the day, but they also had three prescribed times that they must pray. Cornelius, though not formally a Jew, adhered to the hours. Prayer, should be a regular part of our lives, beloved. It is a time, where we take our petitions and our thanksgivings to God, and then to listen to what He has in response to us.

I AM:

Prayer, Persistence”: (Luke11:513)

Jesus never intended to indicate reluctance on God’s part. The major point of he parable is the value of persistence. It is because the man’s boldness that the friend finally responded. Prayer should not be curtailed by fear, pride, or shame. We can trust God to accept our boldness. As it states in verse 9-10, “So, I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Second Thought of the Day:

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1st Thessalonians5:16-18)

God’s will is that we gratefully acknowledge His hand in all circumstances, not for all circumstances. Circumstances change. God does not.

The Christian has an obligation to remain aware of God’s goodness regardless of appearances. Continuous prayer involves an attitude of openness to God in all situations and a practice of talking to God about all situations.

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