Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prayer During Trials

As we studied Daniel 2 this past Sunday morning and looked at how to face a crisis, it is worth  look to study the prayer of Daniel more closely to see how we should also pray during a trial.
In the face of their trial, Daniel and his three companions give us an excellent model of how to pray. Let’s look at Daniel 2:18-23:
Daniel 2:17-23 (ESV) 
17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. 23 To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king's matter."
1.   They Prayed in Unity (v. 18).
2.   They Prayed Specifically (v. 19).
3.   They Prayed Effectively (v. 19).
4.   They Prayed Thankfully (vv. 20–24).
Are you facing trials? Join or start a prayer group; pray in unity. Pray specifically and effectively for the situation, and remember to always give thanks! You can join with us this Wednesday night and pray with others for your trial.
May God bless us with victory in our trials!
-          Bro. Dave

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