02 Dec 2018
The Privilege and Power of Prayer
The most beautiful gift God offers believers is the privilege of knowing Him intimately in prayer, yet many of us struggle with prayer. The enemy distracts us because he is terrified when he sees the weakest saint on bended knee!
Today we read Daniel’s heartfelt prayer of intercession on behalf of his home nation, Israel. Notice that he is humble in prayer, including himself as he cries out to God:
“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, ‘O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity’” (Daniel 9:3-5).
Daniel was no wimp. He defied the authorities by kneeling in prayer to the living God, even though it resulted in him spending the night in a den of hungry lions. And God miraculously protected him!
Jesus hears our intercessions. Prayer is a privilege. It is powerful. The prayer of faith can move mountains, save a nation, bring the prodigals home, heal the sick, comfort the sorrowful and even shut the mouths of lions!
So where are all the intercessors? Isaiah 59:16 says:
“…He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor…”
Philippians 4:6 says:
“…in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Pause and reflect: Our nation has wandered far from God. Children are robbed of their innocence, babies are aborted and many have lost their way. God is calling for intercessors. May we, like Daniel, cry out for mercy, joining our Saviour who continually intercedes for us in heaven (see Romans 8:34).