Daniel, Prayer

Always Praying

Daniel 2:17,18 – Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven.

I think it’s fair to say that we all have issues with prayer from time to time. We go through periods of earnestly seeking God and then we have days when we wonder if our prayers are heard at all. I think, for a lot of people, there is a misunderstanding about prayer and it can be used with a blinkered approached. Daniel completely understood prayer and intercession; he knew it’s power and was in no doubt of its need. Throughout our walk with Daniel, we have seen a man who used prayer for helping individuals, interceding for a nation, asking for personal strength and wisdom as well as praying for and with his friends.

Daniel is not the only example we have throughout scripture of a prayer warrior but the most important one we have is the Lord Jesus himself. He not only became the final sacrifice, he also became the final and eternal High Priest. It is through Him that we approach the Holy of Holies –

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Heb 7:25)

The Lord prays for his own; he holds us up before the Father, interceding on our behalf, as does the Holy Spirit: ‘Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.’ Is there any thought more comforting?

The extent of the Saviour’s love, though, reaches the lost as well as the found and he prays for every soul that doesn’t yet know him or has not accepted him.

“He poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” (Isa 53:12)

Daniel didn’t have the benefit of Christ’s example when it came to praying but he had such a close relationship with God that he was able to develop an incredible prayer life.

Never give up on prayer; follow Christ’s lead and learn from him on how to pray and how to intercede for others. I can assure you that your life will be richer for it.

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