“How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:3).
Passion in prayer evokes kingdom-based requests. God’s “answers” were always kingdom related; they seem to spotlight His kingdom reign over His people. God’s view of us kingdom people is not one of millions of personal mandates; according to Daniel’s revelations, kingdom people must embrace one big prophetic kingdom mandate. Our passion in prayer must fit into the King’s prophetic game plan: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). Passion in prayer intensifies because God’s kingdom is all about something that actually happens within space and time right here in our neighborhood.
Our passion will be set ablaze when we view life with spiritual binoculars. Although the kingdoms of the world are powerful, they rise and fall according to God’s will (Daniel 2:31-43, 7:2-8, 8:1-26, 10:20-11:45); our passion in prayer will intensify as we focus on God’s triumphal kingdom crushing evil as it marches on into eternity (Daniel 2:44-45, 4:3, 7:9-27, 9:24-27, 12:1-3). In short, personal passion in prayer will inevitably inflame and enlarge our heart to envision the eternal reality of God’s manifest kingdom.
Daniel’s passion-saturated prayers exposed wicked schemes, confirmed rescue operations, affirmed God’s administration of nations, uncovered an invisible war that rages on in the heavenly realm, and clarified God’s blessing on the repentant, humble, and broken ones. But the Daniel model does come with one warning: passion in prayer can be very intense; our thoughts may become deeply troubled by some disturbing insights from God (7:15, 28). At times we may feel exhausted or sick (8:27; 10:1-2, 8-10, 15-17). But what did Daniel do? He always asked the Lord to interpret everything (7:16, 19-20; 12:8) and had enough wits about him to keep some matters to himself (7:28).
Daniel is a key model. His blameless, strategically informed humble heart was less interested in interpreting future events than it was in passionately praying in the present reality of God’s kingdom reign.
Righteous Father, Your kingdom is what I am to be about in these crucial days! May my life have the passion and humility of Daniel as I seek to be aware of all that is around me. Help me to correctly interpret the times in which I am living and use me for Your purposes as I yield myself completely to You. Here I am, Lord! Send me!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 22, A Biblical Role Model of Personal Passion in Prayer by Gloria J. Wiese). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Pray that the unsaved around you will see such a difference in your God-honoring values that they will leave materialistic life-styles to take up their cross and follow Jesus. Ask God to continue the fulfillment of his promise to Abraham through you (Gen. 12:2-3).
Pray that people will be convinced of the folly of living for this world’s toys. Ask God to give his people the selfless perspective to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.