February 3, 2022

PRAYER HAS POWER - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given  for you today is from the book of  Daniel 9:23,  “At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:”

My Dear Brother And Sister, Here in the above context we see how the angel, Gabriel announces that he had come to bring Daniel an answer to his prayer. At the beginning of his supplications, we are not informed at what time Daniel began to pray, but as remarked above, it is most natural to suppose that he devoted the day to prayer, and since he was a man of prayer, God revealed to Daniel the stewardship of the revelation of the seventy weeks prophesy.  Daniel was the object of God’s love because he was a man of Word and prayer.  He based his prayer on the Word.  He understood the principle of fellowship with God and how to get into fellowship by confession.  God revealed many things to Daniel.  Both Daniel and the Apostle John were noted for their love-relationship with God. Both Daniel and John were also noted for receiving amazing prophetic messages. The Bible says, “ No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  Now there was one leaning on the bosom of Jesus, a disciple whom Jesus loved.   He was none other than John the disciple to whom Jesus entrusted His mother before his death.

An answer was immediately sent to Daniel’s prayer, and it is a very memorable one. We cannot now expect   that God would send answers to our prayers by angels, but if we pray with fervency for that which God has promised, we may by faith take the promise as an immediate answer to the prayer; for He is faithful that has promised. Daniel had a far greater and more glorious redemption discovered to him, which God wanted to work out for his church in the latter days. Those who would be acquainted with Christ and His grace, must be much in prayer. Daniel’s prayer was accepted; and for the sake of that, this glorious discovery of redeeming love was made to him. The seventy weeks   prophesy   was revealed to Daniel. About the end of this period a sacrifice would be offered, making full atonement for sin, and bringing in everlasting righteousness for the complete justification of every believer, refers to the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. All blessings bestowed on sinful man comes through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, who suffered once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Thus   paving   our way of access to the throne   of grace, and of our entrance to heaven.

We need the discipline to walk with God.  A regular habit of prayer will strengthen our spiritual life. Select a particular place of worship in your house where it will be comfortable to communicate with God without any disturbance. Business should not blunt our prayer life.  Daniel held a high position in Babylon, yet he found time for prayer and Bible reading. The Bible says, Daniel prayed three times a day. As Daniel’s prayer focused on the character of God, so should our prayers do the same.  God’s righteousness is His absolute integrity.  He always conforms to His own attributes and character.  He is faithful to His covenants (contracts) with His people.  We should never ask God in prayer to renounce His righteousness, for the goal of intercessory prayer is God’s glory.  All prayer should contribute to God’s glory and His name.

To those of you reading this message must realize that God answered the prayer of Daniel as soon as he called on the name of the Lord. Prayer has power.   How is your prayer life? Many Christians find it helpful to have resources (the Bible and other   materials) to supplement their prayer lives. These help us to keep ourself away from distraction, engage our minds, and enrich the content of our prayers. Consequently, as our prayer life grows, so does our worship and learning of Christ. As our relationship grows, our gifts and skills grow,  our meaning and motive for prayer develops. When you pray God hears your prayer as He heard the prayer of Daniel and   blessed him with extraordinary wisdom, understanding and gave him visions. When you pray God will reveal Himself to you. He will teach and instruct you in the way you should go.  He will bless you with offspring. He will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory by  Christ  Jesus. He will teach you to be content in life. You will have a close  relationship with God then no weapon formed against you will prosper. No tongue will rise against you. No one will be able to stand against you,  all the days of your life. God will protect you from the hands of your enemies. You  will  triumph  in  all that you do. God Bless you. 

Prayer:   Our   loving    heavenly Father,  we  thank   You   for  this blessed day. Lord we praise and exalt Your holy Name. You are in heaven and do what pleases You. We are the workmanship of Your hands. Help us to be like Daniel who had separated time for prayer though he held a high post in the Babylonian Government. Enrich us with Your Word. Refine our thoughts, attitude and intentions of our heart according to Your will.

In Jesus Name We Pray.


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