Passionate Prayer

I love to see people passionate about their dream. I love it when people are passionate about their life’s work. I believe that passionate pursuit and passionate persistence can make up for ability and skill in lots of cases.

Hands folded in prayer over open russian Holy Bible on black backgroundDaniel was a passionate prayer warrior. He was a wise leader and advisor to many kings. He was chosen because of his discernment and wisdom – both excellent qualities for a leader.  I came across a prayer from Daniel that was dripping with passion for his people. Check this out…

17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers of your servant. Listen to my prayer for help, and for your sake do good things for your holy place that is in ruins. 18 My God, pay attention and hear me. Open your eyes and see all the terrible things that have happened to us. See how our lives have been ruined and what has happened to the city that is called by your name. We do not ask these things because we are good; instead, we ask because of your mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear us and do something! For your sake, don’t wait, because your city and your people are called by your name.” (Daniel 9:17-19 NCV)

I learned something significant about prayer from this short passage. Prayer is intimate communication between God and me. I have prayed a lot over the years. The more I learn about God, the more I want to pray about EVERYTHING!

I pray NOT because I’m good, but because GOD IS GOOD! I pray because of God’s Mercy, which has no boundaries. He listens when I pray. I need His forgiveness and His GRACE. I pray even when His answers or His response is not what I want. I know that He loves me and He listens to me. Sometimes, simply praying about something or for someone gives me a totally different perspective.

I want to wear the name Christian, because I’m a follower of Christ – the One and Only Son of God. He made the Way for me to approach Creator God on a personal basis. I’m so thankful for the privilege and power of prayer. God changes things all the time and in prayer, He changes me!

Pressing On!

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