Summary: 3 things about Daniel’s prayer: Daniels’s Discipline of prayer; Daniel’s Defiance through prayer; and Daniel’s Endurance in prayer.
Prayer is the most undervalued resource of the church.
The Bible teaches us that all the blessings that God wants to bestow on us, he does so through prayer. Prayer is the conduit by which his power comes into our lives and into our families.
o John Wesley, pioneer of the Great Awakening in our country, once said, “God does nothing on earth except in answer to prayer.” That’s clearly an overstatement, but he’s getting at the fact that the means why which God releases his power on earth is through prayer.
Prayer is the way we lay hold of the promises and blessings of God and make them our own.
o The Bible is a book of promises: 3000 of them, all of which are “yes” in Christ Jesus, for you.
o I want you to read through the Bible, yes, but more importantly I want you to pray through it.
o Prayer works like a laser. The way a laser works is you stack light beams on top of each other until, and as you do, they intensify. When waves go opposite directions, they cancel each other out. (like noise cancelling headphones). When they go the same direction, they increase in strength. Prayer is adding the wave of our faith to the wave of God’s promises and his expressed will, and the result is the laser of God’s power.
Where is the power and blessing of God absent from your life and family, simply because you have not risen up to claim the blessings and power of God as your own?
Last week we looked at Jacob, a man who laid hold of the promised blessing from God by wrestling with him. God had already declared the blessing to be his, so he wasn’t trying to manipulate God into giving something he had come up with on his own, it was something that God had declared for him; but he took it through a night of wrestling. He pressed through, and won his blessing.
Today we’ll look at another guy whose life was similar. Daniel. Daniel is one of the most famous Bible heroes of all time.
BTW, anybody watching the Bible on the History Channel?
That’s what Christians watched last week; pagans watched the Oscars. But I’m not judging.
I will show you 3 things about Daniel’s prayer: Daniels’s Discipline of prayer; Daniel’s Defiance through prayer; and Daniel’s Endurance in prayer.
(“Oh yes, just when you thought you’d gotten all of the Southern Baptist out of the boy, he goes and pulls something like this and alliterates his sermon. Daniel’s Discipline; Defiance; Endurance. Except for endurance; but if you’ll put the emphasis on the DUR, en--‐DUR--‐ance, it’s like they all start with D. Is that lame?”/You like that? I’m a professional.)
Daniel was an Israelite captive that had been carried off to Babylon, probably, scholars say, somewhere in his middle school years.
God had told Israel that if they were unfaithful to him, he would send them out of the promised land of Israel into exile.