Thoughts on Prayer
May 5th 2017
The ultimate objective of prayer is God’s glory. The basis of our appeal during prayer is solely upon the grace of God. What most Christians have not studied out is that our prayers actually activate action within the heavenlies, within the unseen realm. A careful study of the first 23 verses of Daniel 9 will provide the Chrisitian keen insight:
Prayer Exercise from Daniel:
Daniel 9:3 - The Transition and Introduction
Daniel 9:4-10 - The Confession of Man’s Sinfulness
Daniel 9:11-15 - The Confession of God’s Holiness
Daniel 9:16-19 - The Petition
Daniel 9:20-23 - The Angelic Insight
When we stop and analyze what Scripture tells us about prayer, we end up asking questions like “can trees pray?” No. “Can animals pray?” No.
“Can birds or dolphins pray?” No. Here’s a thought-provoking question – “do Angels pray?”
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
We see in Scripture that Angels praise, but I’ve not found any example in Scripture of Angels actually praying:
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
So Scripture tells us that there is only one creature that can pray and that is mankind. Of all the beings, whether they’re what we call sentient beings or non-sentient created objects within the universe, there is only one creature that can pray – and that is man. What a privilege we have – a direct communication line to the Creator of heaven and earth.
As Christians, we have to develop a belief that prayer is part of the thing that makes history, that it shapes history, that we shape history through our prayers, that your history, your individual history, can be different than it is today, if you will agree with Scripture that this universe that we live in is run by a sovereign God who can be talked to and who can be influenced by your talking to Him.
But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.