Discipline in a busy world

Pastor Dwain Daniel Fast 2013

Daniel 9:1  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans–
2  in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3  So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.  4  And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,  5  we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from Thy commandments and ordinances.  6  “Moreover, we have not listened to Thy servants the prophets…

Daniel chapter nine is also the context of Daniel chapter 10, as the two chapters are interconnected.  Time and time we find Daniel mindful of God’s will.  Notice verse 3… he gave his attention to seek the Lord with prayer, supplications, fasting, sackcloth and ashes.  He carried this behavior into chapter 10 as he sought to know the will and timing of the Lord concerning the restoration of Jerusalem and the temple.  The cool thing is, God went way beyond his request and revealed many hidden secrets to him.

When we consider Daniel, we are talking about a very busy person.  He was highly educated and often serving as vice president of the nation.  We are not talking about someone with nothing to do or a man lacking distractions.  Daniel would have had plenty to distract him from the most important business of prayer, yet he disciplined himself. Will you discipline yourself to pray?  Will you enter into the most powerful expression of Christianity?  Or will you be lulled into ineffectiveness by the busy pace of life and the seduction of many amusements?   Father needs you!

Prayer is a great love language toward Father.  Prayer says I believe and I trust you.  And even more, as Jesus laid down His life for us, prayer concerning the will of Father in the earth is us laying down our lives for what Father wants.  Will you lay down a portion of your life for what Father wants?

I pray that we won’t be selfish kids, disconnected from Fathers heart – will- desire.   I ask that you will be part of a generation who pray His will into the earth, into the affairs of man, into the culture and over society.

This is how we show Father we truly love Him and will do our part, welcoming Him to move and triumph.