Summary: This sermon deals with prayer with faith to believe that can do what we cannot.

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Tks. to Jeff Stride for this sermon

The Power of Persistent Prayer

Daniel 10:1-10:14

ILLUS: There’s a supposedly true story of a Welsh woman who lived in a remote valley in Wales. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have electrical power installed in her home. However, after a couple of months, the electric company noticed she didn’t seem to use very much electricity at all.

Thinking there might be a problem with the hookup, they sent a meter reader out to check on the matter. The man came to the door and said, "We’ve just checked your meter and it doesn’t seem that you’re using much electricity. Is there a problem?"

"Oh no" she said. "We’re quite satisfied. We turn on the electric lights every night to see how to light our lamps and then we switch them off again."

A. Why didn’t this woman make more use of her electricity?

1. She believed in electricity

2. She believed the promises of the electric company

when they told her about it

3. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to

have her house wired for it

4. BUT - she didn’t understand the potential of

electricity in her home.

AND SO, she used it’s power sparingly

B. There are people who use prayer very much the same way.

1. They believe in prayer

2. They know of the promises God has made

3. They’ve even read and heard stories about

answered prayers

4. BUT they use prayer’s power sparingly…

Many People look at prayer in 1 of 2 ways!

1. They either believe:

a. God’s gonna do, what God’s gonna do anyway –

so why bother!?

2. OR--they regard prayer as a last resort after all of

their other efforts have failed.

3. Sort of like “Hail Mary” pass in football. They throw

it up in the air and hope it reaches the desired


4. They’ll pray a little bit.

5. They’ll throw up occasional appeals…

But in their heart of hearts, they don’t view prayer as making that big an impact on the decisions they make every day.

But Daniel didn’t pray that way

• 1. Daniel prayed 3 times every day

• 2. He prayed in his room

• 3. He prayed in the lions’ den

• 4. He prayed for wisdom

• 5. He prayed for guidance

• 6. He prayed that God would forgive the sins of His

people Israel and return them to their home.

But NOW, we find Daniel struggling in prayer for 21 days because he’s troubled by a dream he’s had.

Many Christians would have trouble praying for 21 days for anything.

Luke 18:1-7-- 1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

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