Forty Days of Prayer March 7, 2013
Prayer is a great privilege that we have available to us each and every day. So often we do not appreciate it and take advantage of the opportunity. There are passages of scripture that are meant to remind us of this blessing. Hear the passage below from when King Darius issued a decree that anyone who prays to anyone other than him, would be thrown into the Lion’s den.
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10)
In this passage we are not given the content of Daniel’s prayer, but just that he prayed as usual and gave thanks to his God. I love the possessive pronoun* “his” in this passage. All of those words like: My, Our, Your, His, Her, Their, bring a relationship that is important. The first words of the Lord’s Prayer is “Our.” Prayer grows from a personal relationship that we have with our Lord. So often we read over the words of scripture and forget to appreciate that relationship when God looks at the world as says my people, my servant, or my child. I always like it when Jesus calls us my brother, or my sister. Maybe the most powerful for me is when speaking in prayer to Jesus I call Him My Savior.
That relationship is part of the reason Daniel was going to pray, if it was illegal or not. We as a nation have been arguing about prayer and when it is appropriate. This passage from Daniel reminds us it is always appropriate. It is always appropriate for anyone who can pray my God or Our Father.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Dear Lord, Thank You for all of the blessings of this day. Thank You that I know You and am able to pray, My God and My Savior. Help my relationship with You grow. Thank You for the gift of prayer and help me make the most of every opportunity to pray. Amen.
*(I do know that in the strictest sense of grammar, his is not a pronoun. These words are called different names and are somewhat closer to adjectives because they convey possession and relationship and do not replace the noun.)