My attention was drawn today to a great man of prayer – Daniel. This man of God stands out in history because of his unwavering commitment to be true in his relationship with God, even when faced with threats of death. But the threats did not impact him as much as the Word of God that came to him which revealed to judgment of God.
“He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end…Without warning He shall destroy many…but by no human hand. I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it. Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking Him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession” (Daniel 8:19, 27; 9:3-4).
As we watch the unravelling of governments and nations around the world, the tendency is to become more occupied with the details of these events. Prayer like Daniel’s is not understood or experienced by us because we are focused on the wrong event. Notice how Daniel combined seeking the Lord with confession of sin. Leonard Ravenhill spoke of a time on the west coast of Scotland where “Many sought the Lord. There was great grief over and repentance for sin. Now the revival was on!”
Paul felt a deep sense of urgency when he wrote; “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience” (2 Corinthians 5:11). Reaching the lost with the gospel will only take place when the full force of God’s Word lays hold of our hearts and we put ourselves before God in humble prayer.
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