Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Power of Prayer...Daniel 9 and 10

Earlier I commented on Daniel and his prayer recorded in chapter nine verses 1-19. It is a powerful prayer and in my opinion, represents an "ought-to-be" model of prayer for God's people in these end times. In verses 20-22 we read that Gabriel was sent in answer to Daniel's prayer. But there is a second answer, and that too is very interesting because of who comes to speak to Daniel. We read about that in chapter ten.
The scene takes place on the shore of the Tigris River: "I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude." [Daniel 10:5, 6].
If this description sounds familiar it is because it is. Listen to John in Revelation 1:12-15..."Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters."
What Daniel writes in verses 11 and 12 of chapter ten I find thrilling and inspiring: "And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." 'While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me.' "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words."
Daniel's words...his prayers...his humility and strong desire to understand were the key that brought the answers to his questioning. Is it any different for God's people today? Of course not.
If God's people will humble themselves in repentance, asking forgiveness for their self reliance and self righteousness, they will have what they seek as they plead for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit: "...I have come because of your words!"
Make it so, Lord. e.c.

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