Daniel was a man of prayer. He was thrown to the lions, but lived to tell: “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me (Daniel 6:22).“
We must be people of prayer. Our “adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).“
God will shut the lion’s mouth.
God gave me a gift that will last forever. I want to thank Him again and again and again.
The free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
He said it was his fault that his bike was stolen. He left it, unlocked, outside of a store. When he came back a few minutes later it was gone. At first I thought, “It wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
But he said, “I’m a native Chicagoan. I know better. I know bikes are stolen here. I should have locked it.”
That got me thinking. Our enemy, the devil, steals. Things bigger than bikes. Purity. Innocence. Joy. Life. Love.
We are responsible to protect ourselves from him, not by locks, but with God’s armor and prayer. Take up the whole armor of God . . . praying at all times in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:13-18).
God listens when we pray. To my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice (Psalm 18:6).
He also listens to everything else we say. On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak (Matthew 12:36).
I, a Christian who knows Jesus as my Messiah, was recently given this prayer shawl. Here’s why Jewish people use them:
You must make tassels for the hems of your clothing . . . When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God (Numbers 15:38-41).
Using my prayer shawl reminds me that obedience and holiness are an important part of prayer.
Shammua, Shaphat and Sethur spied in Canaan and said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are (Numbers 13:31).”
Joshua and Caleb also spied in Canaan. But they said, “The Lord is with us, do not fear them (Numbers 14:9).”
What men believe about God determines what they see, say, and pray.
“Thy will be done.”
God could oftentimes do more, and do it in much less time if our human wills were more pliant to His.*
*S.D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer, p. 45.