“As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind” (Daniel 2:29-30).
God does not reveal great mysteries to the smartest guys in the prayer room (Dan. 2:29-30). He imparts understanding to those who resolve to remain “undefiled” and are entirely aligned with The Truth. Their blameless hearts produce impartial prayer requests that are not only able to understand truth, they are willing to plead for mercy and justice (2:18-23). Can you feel Daniel’s passion in the following prayer?
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand your truth. . . . the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does; though we have not obeyed His voice . . . we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! . . . For Your own sake, my God.” (9:13-14, 18-19, emphasis added)
Blamelessness shouts: “Heaven rules” (4:26; cf. 2:18) and appeals to Heaven to expose sin mercifully and appropriately (4:19, 27; 5:23-28).
–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). Click on the title for more information about this resource.
Righteous Father, You have called Your people to live holy lives and I know how often I have disappointed You. My heart has not always been blameless before You, and I ask for Your forgiveness and strength to live out the truth of Your Word in humble obedience! Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning.
Praise God for his love (1 Jn. 4:16). Give thanks that “we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” (1 Jn. 3:16). Confess those times when you fail to love others. Commit yourself to laying down your life for your brothers and sisters in Christ (3:16). Ask God to drive all fear away with perfect love (1 Jn. 4:18).
Ask God to expose the foolishness and treachery of the kingdom of darkness. Pray that the forces of the kingdom of God, in politics, education, science, media, business, entertainment, church, etc., will be united and focused in their efforts.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. Click on the title for more information on this resource.