The Habit of Praying Like Daniel
The life of a 7th Century BC. teenager named Daniel offers us the clearest example of how to cultivate a life of praying in the Spirit. Daniel went through just about every situation we could imagine. He was captured in war and saw many family and friends terribly slaughtered. He was subjected to great danger as he was abducted and sent off as booty to the winning side. In these trials and through 7 decades of action filled living one common denominator is found in his life: DANIEL PRAYS!
Today let’s learn this most powerful habit of all: HABITS of prayer. From God's Word, in the book of Daniel let’s explore and discover what made up these habits. And then by God's grace – let us cultivate these habits.
Daniel's life contained seven ingredients that blended into his powerful and godly life. These are:
I. MAKE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT OBEYING GOD. Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (KJV)
II. GIVE GOD THE CREDIT, ALWAYS. Daniel 2:19 “During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven” (NIV)
III. POINT TO GOD WHEN PEOPLE LOOK TO YOU. Daniel 2:28 "But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:” (NKJV)
IV. HAVE THE UNSHAKABLE CONVICTION THAT GOD REIGNS. Daniel 2:44 "In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. (NIV); Daniel 4:17 "The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.” (NIV) DO YOU SEE THIS TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT OCCURS?
V. REFUSE TO FEAR MERE MORTALS. Daniel 4:25 “That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” (KJV)
VI. GET AND KEEP GODLY CONTENTMENT. Daniel 5:17 “Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.” (NIV) THIS IS A LIBERATING HABIT!
VII. REMIND YOURSELF WHO OWNS YOUR BREATH. Daniel 5:23 "And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.” (NKJV)
Did you know HE IS THE MOST AMAZING MODEL OF PRAYER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT? Why? There are ten different words the Holy Spirit chose to portray godly praying. Daniel either models or uses all ten of these words. No where else in all the Scriptures are these ten words all found in one persons life.
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