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. Daniel 6:10 (NIV)
Time And Place
Here I am Lord. This is the time. This is the place. What do you mean by saying this is the time and this is the place.? I have always wanted to meet with you in prayer. I always thought that I would develop a regular, daily pattern of meeting in prayer with you. What happened? Nothing, happened. I had good intentions. Every day I thought that some time would open up and we would be able to talk together in prayer. But, time never opened up. The demands and busyness of life filled up every moment of my day. There was never a good time to meet with you in prayer. I noticed. That’s not good. I agree. That is why I am saying now is the time and this is the place when and where I will set aside to meet with you in prayer. I’m making meeting with you in prayer a priority in my life. Let me correct that statement. Go ahead. I am making meet with you in prayer the priority of my life. Why is that? I have no higher priority than to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to talk with you. I want to listen to you. I want to live my life in a constant dialogue of prayer with you. That will be very good.
What do you want to talk about? That’s not where I really want to start in prayer. Where do you want to start in prayer? I want to start by listening to you. I want to hear your voice. I want to receive your guidance. I want to follow your instruction. I want to sit at your feet. I want to rest in your presence. This is a good place to start in prayer. I have no doubt about that. What do you want to say to me? It pleases me that you want to live in an intimate relationship with me. It brings joy to my heart to know that you are making your relationship with me the priority of your life. You will have what you want. What’s that? You want to live in an intimate relationship with me. You want to live your life in a constant dialogue of prayer with me. Yes, that’s right. Keep on coming to me. Keep on drawing near to me. Keep on praying to me in all the circumstances of life. Keep on seeking me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength then you will live and walk in an intimate relationship with me. Then I will lead you through all the difficult circumstances of life. I will keep praying to you. I will keep on seeking you. We will continue to meet in our time and place. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to develop a daily pattern of prayer that will continue through all the circumstances of life. Thank you, that I can pray to you today, tomorrow and all the next days of my life. I will ask for your help now and every day in the future as I follow you. Amen
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