Because of your prayers

Daniel 10:10-12  10 Suddenly, a hand touched me and raised me to my hands and knees. 11 He said to me, “Daniel, you are a man treasured by God. Understand the words that I’m saying to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.” After he said this to me, I stood trembling. 12 “Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. 

Daniel was a praying man.  When he had a problem, he prayed.  When he needed God’s view, he prayed.  When things were going great, he prayed.  Yes, Daniel was a praying man.  He is the type of man I want to be.  His focus is both inspiring and challenging.  Nothing stood in the way of his prayer life.  When James writes that the prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective, he might have been thinking of Daniel.  This guy had some pretty effective prayers!  He prayed and an angel showed up to answer him.

Do we need an angel to show up and scare us half to death to know that God is hearing our prayers?  You see, the evidence of our prayers isn’t always going to be seen.  God is always working, always moving, always hearing.  Because of your prayers, things are happening in the heavenly realm that you can’t even see.   Yet we don’t have a commitment like Daniel because we are so results driven.  If we can’t see it, we believe nothing is happening.  It’s simply not true!  God is hearing and God is answering all the time.  

So pray.  Pray when you want to and pray when you don’t feel like it.  Pray when you are high on life and pray when you are discouraged.  Pray for yourself and pray for others.  Pray with big fancy Bible words or pray in plain English.  Pray what it says in scripture or pray what it says in your heart.  Just pray.  Because of your prayers, the kingdom of God is advancing.  Because of your prayers, the KING is answering!

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