“The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective”
(James 5:16b, HNV)
Prayer is part of most religions, but is fundamental to Evangelicals. It is the topic of many sermons and seminars; however, not practiced on a consistent basis (www.barna.com ). The conversation between an individual and God, known as prayer, was practiced and taught by Jesus to His disciples. One’s authenticity in prayer matters more than the ritual. Our society reflects not much has been going on in prayer closets or church meetings—a sign of the end-times.
We need the Daniels desperately. In a foreign land, his character and devotion reflected the trust He had in His God. He was an intercessor for his deported nation and also for the pagan kings he served. We need Christians whose character reflects the holiness of their God, and whose prayer life reflects their trust. God can still close the mouths of the lions: “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocence was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (Daniel 6:22).
Choose to pray. Prayer and God’s Word are powerful weapons against our enemy. Ask God to raise up those who will open their windows toward Heaven so Heaven will open its window towards us. Three times a day Daniel prayed (Daniel 2, 6, 9). We are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17). Start with knee time for our society to see that our God reigns!
- Pray for Israeli protection as they face opposition on every side. The IDF recently destroyed a terror tunnel that lead to Hamas-ruled Gaza. Hamas promises retaliation.
- Pray for the recent victims of US citizens of the terror attach in New York.
- Pray for those who are recovering from last month’s natural disasters.
- Pray for an awakening to prayer.