How might God use prayer to change the world around you?
Daniel provides an outstanding example. Of all the qualities that make Daniel stand out - his courageous conviction, his deep faith, his godly wisdom, and his incredible influence - the one thing that sets him apart is his commitment to prayer.
If we were to interview Daniel and ask him, “What was the key to your success as right-hand-man in the kingdom of Babylon and Persia?” I believe Daniel would say without hesitation, “My success was a direct result of my commitment to prayer.”
Prayer was his lifeline when faced with impossible tasks like interpreting the king’s dream (Daniel 2:18). Prayer was his lifeline when opposed by hostile adversaries (Daniel 6:10). Prayer was his lifeline when surrounded by hungry lions. Prayer was his lifeline in pleading with God for the people of Israel (Daniel 9:3-19). Prayer was his lifeline when seeking God’s wisdom regarding future events (Daniel 8:15; 9:20; 10:2-3, 12).
What might God do through us if we were to prioritize prayer in the same way?
What might God do for our families? Our schools? Our workplaces? Our communities? Our church?
The Bible is crystal clear about the ESSENTIAL nature of prayer! “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2). “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18). “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).
There is no wonder why Daniel’s life was so fruitful – he constantly applied God’s power to every situation in which he was involved.
This year we are challenging you to do the same!
PRAY LIKE YOU’VE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE!
Begin by praying for specific people that God has put in your path – neighbors, classmates, fellow-employees, unsaved family members, unsaved friends.
Pick four or five people that you will pray for every week.
Pray over these names with your family or a friend.
Consider fasting several times this year as a means of dedicated prayer for these people.
WHAT SHOULD YOU PRAY?
That God would refresh you day by day with his word.
That God would awaken your love for the lost.
That God would give you a sense of urgency for gospel impact.
That God would help you to show sincere interest and concern for others.
That God would create spiritual sensitivity for those on your list.
That God would provide natural opportunities to listen, fellowship, and serve these people.
That God would be glorified through your endeavors.