Do it Like Daniel
March 28, 2020 (Post #33)
(From Journal #3: September 17, 2005)
I read a scripture in Daniel this morning that I’ve read many times, but today I noticed something new. It’s when Daniel had prayed and it took the angel of the Lord 21 days to arrive because he’d been fighting a demonic spirit. I’ve always seen that the Lord heard Daniel right away and answered his prayer immediately, but sometimes there’s a lapse of time between God’s hearing and ordering the answer and when we receive it. But today, I saw more.
Daniel 10:10-13: A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
This shows me that praying to God about problems is different from setting my mind to gain understanding and humbling myself before God. You showed me that too often my “prayers” are mostly grumbling and complaining ABOUT people or situations rather than truly praying FOR them. That’s my pride basically telling You what You “need” to do about situations instead of seeing the things in me that need to change. Forgive me, Lord, for all the times I have not come before You with a mind that wants Your wisdom to understand, or with a heart of humility that truly seeks Your will and ways.
1 Peter 5:5-7 …“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Psalm 25:9: He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.
Psalm 66:18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
James 4:3: When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.