Today’s Reading: Daniel 9:1-11:1 (additional reading: Psalm 121:1-8 & Proverbs 28:27-28 )
There’s a supposedly true story of a Welsh woman who lived in a remote valley in Wales. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have electrical power installed in her home. However, after a couple of months, the electric company noticed she didn’t seem to use very much electricity at all.
Thinking there might be a problem with the hookup, they sent a meter reader out to check on the matter. The man came to the door and said, “We’ve just checked your meter and it doesn’t seem that you’re using much electricity. Is there a problem?”
“Oh no” she said. “We’re quite satisfied. We turn on the electric lights every night to see how to light our lamps and then we switch them off again.”
Now, why didn’t this woman make more use of her electricity? She believed in electricity. She believed the promises of the electric company when they told her about it. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have her house wired for it – BUT – she didn’t understand the potential of electricity in her home. AND SO, she used it’s power sparingly.
I suspect there are people who use prayer very much the same way. They believe in prayer. They know of the promises God has made and they’ve even read and heard stories about answered prayers BUT they use prayer’s power sparingly…
But Daniel didn’t pray that way
· Daniel prayed 3 times every day
· He prayed in his room
· He prayed in the lions’ den
· He prayed for wisdom
· He prayed for guidance
· He prayed that God would forgive the sins of His people Israel and return them to their home.
AND NOW, we find Daniel struggling in prayer for 21 days because he’s troubled by a dream he’s had. Prayer changes the way we live, it’s something we need to get committed to.