Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Dedicated To Prayer

“Dedicated To Prayer”
By Zach Wood
Daniel 6:10 NIV
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

The past couple of weeks, I have been thinking about Daniel.  What impresses me the most about him is that he was completely faithful in keeping his prayer life even though he was among the minority.  For years and years, he prayed to God three times a day, no matter who was trying to stop him or ridicule him.  He was absolutely faithful in prayer. 

In my life lately, I’m ashamed to admit that my prayer life isn’t anywhere near what it needs to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I do pray, but I know I don’t pray enough.  I don’t dedicate myself enough to prayer in everything.  I have my devotion time in the morning each day, but I don’t consume myself throughout the day in prayer as I should. 

Prayer is such a wonderful privilege to come before God and share our concerns and communicate with a loving Father Who wants to commune with us.  Prayer is so powerful if we will intentionally tap into it often, throughout our days. 

Throughout the Old Testament, we find many others, including Daniel, who dedicated themselves to the power of prayer and continued their efforts often to go to Him.  So many prayer warriors we can read about and learn from as we read His Word.  I must admit that I let myself slack in making prayer a priority in my life and in my family.  I want to be closer to Him in prayer and bringing things before Him and bringing concerns of others to Him.

What about you?  Are you lacking in your prayer life?  Of course, we all can always pray more for sure, but many of us, if we’re honest, don’t put a high priority on our prayer lives.  We sure need to be more like Daniel who prayed, even in the face of adversity.  He didn’t stop praying even though he was going to be thrown into the Lion’s Den.  He stayed faithful even when he found out the new law was passed.  He stayed faithful in prayer.  He was dedicated to prayer.

Are we dedicated to prayer?  If we’re not, then what are we doing about it?  I want to be more dedicated and be more of a prayer warrior.  I hope you do as well.

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