“While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill- while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed” (Daniel 9:20-23a).
Daniel’s fervency incited some stunning responses from the Lord. When Daniel prayed for “X,” instead of receiving a simple answer (like “X”), God entrusted to him spectacular truths that went beyond a mere “answer.” God’s replies were more like “XYZ” overload-type responses! The Daniel model verifies that passion in prayer does not just get results; it totally slants our perspective on life. Such a personal revolution prays from a particular angle: a kingdom-angle.
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.5 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.
–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).
Lord, I confess that so often my prayers are passionless and routine. My mind struggles to stay focused and my heart sometimes wanders off into meaningless places instead of staying focused upon Your kingdom. Help me to see with Daniel’s eyes, the glory of Your presence as I connect with You in intimate conversation. Precious Redeemer and King, please pour out a spirit of fervent zeal within me, so that my prayers are filled with continual expectation that You will respond with power.
Praise God for his holiness (Ex. 15:11). Thank him for calling you to live a life of holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Confess contentment with areas of your life that do not reflect God’s holiness. Commit yourself to avoiding anything that “contaminates body and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1). Ask God to give you a daily desire to obey his command to “be holy, because I am holy” (Lev. 11:45).
Thank God for the leaders in your congregation. Ask that they would be committed to personal holiness. Pray also for their marriages and families.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.