What an amazing prayer!
Praying with the WORD as the base!
Praying after spending enough time and energy to understand
the written WORD!
Praying by taking hold of the promise by trusting GOD’s grace
Praying by, not just making the faith confession because of the promise but, fasting, humbling, weeping and confessing the failure!
Truly an amazing prayer!
But what was the prayer point?
Asking GOD to cause HIS face shine on HIS sanctuary
which was desolate! ( DANIEL 9 : 17 ).
Even though there was a clear promise from GOD through
HIS prophet Jeremiah( 2 CHRONICLES 36 : 21 ), Daniel
was not claiming the promise but fought on his knees for
Reading and understanding the promise and then kneeing
and submitting the supplications; What an amazing prayer
Not just Daniel’s prayer, but the answer too is so amazing!
But the answer is not a simple yes, no or wait as we
all speak about prayer;
In fact, the restoration of Jerusalem was not the main point
in the answer but the prophetical time table, starting from the
restoration of Jerusalem, linked with the redemption plan of
the world through the MESSIAH becomes the focus!
In other words, God’s messenger Gabriel exhorts Daniel to
open his eyes to look beyond his prayer for his nation!
Link your prayer with the overall plan of GOD for the world!
Restoration of Jerusalem was so important, no doubt, but
that was only a part of HIS redemption plan!
Desolation of the land, exile, slavery and suffering were all
heartbreaking consequences of sin and the land longed for
HIS touch to regain its lost glory but GOD longed not just
for the redemption of that land but of the whole world!
Most of the times we consider prayer as a tool to solve our
problems; To some extent that may be true, but we all are
expected to grasp the love and longing of the Father’s heart,
HIS redemption plan and our role in that redemption plan!
Our life is not about our problems, our visions, our missions,
our churches and our organizations, not even about our
nation but about HIS redemption plan for the world!
If we link-it-in our life, our prayer life will be transformed and
we can understand that our small story is a part of HIS big
story; this will help us to understand and accept our role in
HIS plan and to have a fruitful life.
YOUR KINGDOM COME. YOUR WILL BE DONE ON
EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN ( MATTHEW 6 : 10 )
PSALM 69 : 6
LET NOT THOSE WHO WAIT FOR YOU,O LORD GOD
OF HOSTS, BE ASHAMED BECAUSE OF ME; LET NOT
THOSE WHO SEEK YOU BE CONFOUNDED BECAUSE
OF ME, O GOD OF ISRAEL.
A different kind of prayer, but a profound one!
It speaks about the responsibility of every shepherd!
Doing our work in such a way that the people who knew the
LORD will get the right counsel and guidance when they are
in their waiting period.
Is it necessary?
Yes, because most of the shepherds will get confused by
seeing the prolonged waiting period of some people and so,
under the assumption of helping them, will give suggestions
contrary to the WORD; Instead of comforting, counselling
and encouraging them to endure, we compromise the will
of GOD by giving alternate ways of deliverance to them!
They get temporary relief but, in the long run, the purpose of
their waiting period gets lost and their growth gets marred!
Even though it is painful to see some of our dear members
suffering with no sign of deliverance, never give in to the
temptation of giving counsel by leaning on your feelings rather
than on the WORD!
Remember, by cutting short the waiting period of a caterpillar,
we actually short circuit its potential to fly as a butterfly in the
Even if it is difficult, again and again fall back on the WORD!
Read and remember the above verse whenever your emotion
disturb your discernment!
Make it your prayer, whenever dealing with suffering people!
We want all our members to be prosperous but not in a
Sanctified suffering is superior than compromised comfort!
Wait on HIM and wait for HIM!
I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD;
AND HE INCLINED TO ME, AND HEARD
MY CRY. (PSALM 40 : 1)
ESTHER 2 : 19 & 20
Have you noticed?
Even though Esther was the queen and was still following
Mordecai’s orders, Mordecai didn’t bring in his relationship
with Esther to eliminate or dominate Haman for a long time?
Haman was steadily growing and Mordecai was carefully
observing Haman’s growth and readily expressing his stand
against him; But, Mordecai never complained against Haman
to Esther. He could have used his influence to manipulate
the situation but waited for the right time.
Think about the possibilities.
A complaint through Esther might have eliminated Haman or
the unpredictable king could have removed Esther from the
throne because of his closeness to Haman; Did not the King removed Vashti by the counsel of someone like Haman?
Mordecai waited patiently for the right time and opportunity!
Like Mordecai, Esther also didn’t jump into some kind of
firefighting action immediately after receiving the news from Mordecai, but waited in the presence of the Lord fasted for
three days before staring her game!
See the result!
An untimely attempt by Mordecai and Esther might have
eliminated only Haman, but the sharp move eliminated not
just Haman but all the enemies of Jews in the entire kingdom
and paved the way for a peaceful and prosperous life to all
One man’s meticulous patience gave deliverance to so many!
Learn the difference between using the opportunity in a
GODLY way and using it at any cost!
If the enemy is advancing, zeal and sincerity may not be
sufficient to thwart his plan; Waiting for the instruction from
above is crucial in this kind of crisis;
Don’t trust your influence and intelligence but wait for the
insight from the WORD, the Instructor’s manual of EMMANUEL!
Don’t just focus on the growing darkness but on the
Gentle Voice of the LIGHT also!
You are allowed to see the darkness so that your timely
action will bring light to many!
Behind your unanswered prayers, prolonged frustrations,
closed doors and valley of shadows of death, your Mordecai,
the GOD ALMIGHTY, is also meticulously planning and
patiently moving to bring joy and deliverance to you and
Behind the maze is the MASTER!
HIS plans are always to prosper you!
Believe it and praise HIM!
You shall see wonders!
IN YOUR STRENGTH I CAN CRUSH AN ARMY,
WITH MY GOD I CAN SCALE ANY WALL.
( II SAMUEL 22 : 30 )
1. VIDEO EFFECT: ( II KINGS 3 : 20 – 24 ).
Rising sun and the running water:
But the enemies of Judah and Israel saw that scene and
assumed and accepted that water as blood;
This assumption forced them to do foolish things and they
were eventually defeated by the armies of Judah and Israel!
Think about it!
If one or two persons assume the water and the shining sun
combination as blood, we can understand that; But how did
the entire army of Moab come to the same conclusion?
How come the same scenario did not have any impact on
the armies of Judah and Israel who were on the other side?
GOD’s way of protecting HIS own by ‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’.
2. AUDIO EFFECT: ( II KINGS 7 : 6 & 7 )
Syrian king Ben Hadad gathered all his armies and besieged
Samaria; This resulted in famine in Samaria.
But one day the Syrian army heard the noise of a great army;
No army or chariots but they all heard that noise.
The noise of chariots and the noise of the horses confused
and forced the Syrian army to run away from their position
leaving all their valuables.
How did the entire army which was outside the city heard the
threatening noise when the Israelites inside the besieged city
did not hear any thing?
GOD’s way of protecting HIS own by ‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’.
Besieged by the size and shout of your problem?
Having tear dripped eyes and fear gripped heart?
Feeling worthless and hopeless?
Fear not. Humble thyself in HIS presence;
Pour your heart at HIS feet;
Allow HIM to direct your life;
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much!
Yes, the effective prayer can even bring, GOD engineered,
‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’ which will confuse your enemy.
You shall have victory!
Remember, when GOD exhibited the ‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’,
HIS people got the victory even without using any weapon!
If GOD is for us, who can be against us?
THE LORD IS ON MY SIDE;
I WILL NOT FEAR.
WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?
( PSALM 118 : 6 )
Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection during this time of prayer. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to Yourself. I do take a stand against all the workings of satan that would hinder me in this time of prayer, and I address myself only to the true and living God and refuse any involvement of satan in my prayer.
satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to leave my presence with all your demons, and I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.
Heavenly Father, I worship You, and I give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer. I am thankful, heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity, that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute that I would be redeemed. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative, and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; you have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him You have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.
Heavenly Father, come and open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this new day. I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, take my place with Christ in the Heavenlies with all principalities and powers (power of darkness and wicked spirits) under my feet. I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies; therefore, I declare that all principalities and powers and all wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for the armor You have provided, and I put on the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace, the helmet of salvation. I lift up the shield of faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy, and take in my hand the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, and use your Word against all the forces of evil in my life; and I put on this armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit.
I am grateful, heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject out of my life all the insinuations. The accusations and the temptations of satan. I affirm that the Word of God is true, and I choose to live today in the light of God’s word. I choose heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that would not please You. Work in my life that there be no ground to give satan a foothold against me. Show me any area of life that I must deal with so that I would please You. I do in every way today stand for You and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life.
By faith, and in dependence upon You, I put off the old man and stand into all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me there to live above sin. Therefore, in this day, I put off the old nature with its selfishness, and I put on the new nature with its love. I put off the old nature with its fear and I put on the new nature with its courage. I put off the old nature with its weakness and I put on new nature with its strength. I put off today the old nature with all its deceitful lusts and I put on the new nature with all its righteousness and purity.
I do in every way stand into the victory of the ascension and the glorification of the Son of God where all principalities and powers were made subject to Him. And I claim my place in Christ victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life. Break down every idol and cast out every foe.
I am thankful, heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I therefore claim all the will of God for today. I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and self-control in my life. And I recognize that this is Your will for me, and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and of his demons to rob me of the will of God. I refuse in this day to believe my feelings, and I hold up the shield of faith against all the accusations and against all the insinuations that satan would put in my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for today.
I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, completely surrender myself to You, heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of the will of God today.
I am thankful, heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of satan, and I smash the plans of satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, blessed Holy Spirit. I affirm heavenly Father that you have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of sound mind.
I break and smash the strongholds of satan formed against my emotions today, and I give my emotions to You. I smash the strongholds of satan formed against my will today, and I give my will to You, and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of satan formed against my body today, and I give my body to You, recognizing that I am Your temple; and I rejoice in Your mercy and Your goodness.
Heavenly Father, I pray that now through this day You would quicken me; show me the way that satan is hindering and tempting and lying and counterfeiting and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer. Enable me to be aggressive mentally and to think Your thoughts after You, and to give you Your rightful place in my life.
Again, I now cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I surrender myself to You. I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way Your victory over all satanic forces active in my life, and I reject these forces; and I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.
From the book “THE ADVERSARY” by MARK I. BUBECK
Published by “MOODY PRESS”.