When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Daniel 6:10 (ESV)
Decide To Pray
Do you have a place to pray? Do you have a time of prayer? Do you make it your regular practice to pray? Are you asking me if I have developed a daily pattern of prayer in my life? Are you asking me if prayer is the highest of priorities in my life? Are you asking me if prayer is a consistent and unchanging habit in my life? Are you asking me if I will pray through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life, regardless of my circumstances? You understand my line of questioning. I want prayer to be the utmost priority in my life. I want prayer to be a consistent and unchanging daily habit in my life. I want to keep on praying no matter what my circumstances are in life. I want to pray when I am happy. I want to pray when I am sad. I want to pray when I am confident. I want to pray when I am fearful. I want to pray when I have great need. I want to pray when I am thankful for what you have done or for what you have given to me. How can praying to you become a consistent, continual and unchanging daily pattern in my life? That is a very good question.
If you want prayer to be a daily pattern in your life, set a time and pick a place to meet with me in prayer. Carve out a sacred space in your life that you will devote to our time together in prayer. Does this sound too simple and easy? Is this something that you will quickly dismiss as being insignificant and unimportant? Are you looking for counsel that is somehow deeper and more dynamic? Don’t pass over my words. Don’t leave my words unapplied for another day. Consider deeply what I have said to you. You will only learn to pray by praying. You will only develop a pattern of prayer in your life by setting a time and place to meet with me. Don’t let the noise and busyness of life rob you of the time and opportunity to meet with me in prayer. You will only pray when you make time to pray. I get it. Will you meet with me in prayer? Will you set aside a time and place to meet with me in prayer? Yes Lord, I will. I have made my decision. I am deciding to pray. That is very good.
Lord, I will make prayer the utmost and highest priority in my life. I will set aside a sacred time and place to meet daily with you in prayer. I will not let the noise and busyness of life rob me of the time and opportunity to meet with you in prayer. Amen
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