Pray Without Ceasing

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I’m counting on prayer today.

I’ve been counting on prayer for a couple of years now.

Jesus tells us to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

I imagine in the heavenly throne room when God speaks, angels move. When God commands there is no slack angel meandering in at the last minute asking, “What did you say?” They are standing at the ready to minister wherever God tells them to go.

Remember the story of Daniel? No, not the one of his three buddies and the fiery furnace, or the most familiar of Daniel in the lion’s den. Not even the fantastical one of the hand writing on the wall. I’m talking about the one where the angel comes to minister to him.

Daniel had seen a terrible vision and began seeking the Lord for an answer. He mourned. He fasted. He prayed. For three weeks. The vision had been so frightening Daniel sought the Lord for the meaning of it all.

He persevered in prayer for 21 days and then…

I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen; around his waist was a belt made of gold from Upaz. His body resembled yellow jasper, and his face had an appearance like lightning. His eyes were like blazing torches; his arms and feet had the gleam of polished bronze. His voice thundered forth like the sound of a large crowd.

An angel of the Lord appears in awesome splendor. This heaveny warrior shines brightly as Daniel is struck with fear…

My strength drained from me, and my vigor disappeared; I was without energy. I listened to his voice…He said to me, “Daniel, you are of great value. Understand the words that I am about to speak to you. So stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up shaking.

This brilliant minister sent from God explains his delay…

Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, for from the very first day you applied your mind to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your words.

But a war in the heavenlies…

However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia was opposing me for twenty-one days. But Michael, one of the leading princes, came to help me, because I was left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to help you understand…

We are admonished in the scriptures to constantly pray (1Thess. 5:16). We are told angels are ministering spirits sent to out to serve those who will inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14). We are taught to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is done in heaven (Matt. 6:10).

If all is not set right, there may just be a battle in the heavenly realm.

I will continue to pray for God’s will to be done. I will persevere in this trial to gain understanding. I do hope for an answer from heaven soon. The mystery of it all is beyond my understanding, but I will trust in His word.

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9 responses »

  1. Amen Michelle.

    I don’t have too many words of wisdom to add. Just that God’s instruction to us is to “Be anxious for nothing but in everything, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be known unto God, and the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts in Jesus Christ.”

    I pray that while you wait on Him, He would fill your heart and mind with peace. And that He would renew your strength. That you would not be weary.

    Love you. Praying with and for you.

  2. Mighty Oak. “Behold also the ships which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.” James 3:4.
    What a great truth and encouragement this is for us all, we may at times feel very small and insignificant, but God see’s us as a rudder that He can use to guide His church. Our Lord still uses His twelve disciples to reach entire nations, even today, for the words that He put into their mouths is still heard throughout the whole world, and although sometimes His church seems to go off course, yet these words which were given to His disciples soon puts His church back on course, praise the Lord.
    Do you remember how Jesus used a little boy’s basket which contained two fish and five loaves of bread, which He gave to His disciples, who then gave them to the multitudes for they had multiplied? Yes, through His disciples even today He feeds His church, how wonderful our God is. Now, you may feel very small and insignificant, but if you could only see yourself as God sees you, then you would indeed see that you to can be a rudder on God’s great cruise liner, or you could see yourself with that basket which can feed multitudes.
    I am also reminded of a small seed which when it falls to the ground it soon germinates and comes alive and grows up into a mighty oak. So, let us never feel that we are too small for God, for our Lord has always done great things with people who were in this world eyes, as nothing and made them something, praise the Lord.
    Just see who our Lord has used in the Bible to touch nations and kingdoms from those who came from such humble beginnings. Moses, a son of a Hebrew slave, King David, from a shepherd boy, St Peter, a fisherman, and St Paul, a humble tent maker, and many more the list just goes on and on. So, you see, we must never feel that we are insignificant, for God see’s us as magnificent, praise the Lord

    “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” 1Corinthians 1:26,27.

    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO
    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  3. I love that passage from Philippians, Gchyayles. Thank you for your support emotionally and in prayer. ♥ U much!!

    Hello, Billy. Thanks for the teaching, but I’m not sure how it applies to prayer. Maybe you could enlighten me further.

  4. pray without ceasing… like walking through the day and keeping HIM close and in thought, conversation open with him…HE really is our best friend! love you Michelle, and keeping you and fam in my prayers..

  5. “Pray that His will be done…”

    This struck me.

    I’ve heard it many times. I believe in it. Yet sometimes, in my prayers… I ask Him for things to happen… “Please, Lord…”

    Thank you for the reminder, Michelle. I have a lot of learning — real learning — to do.

  6. Hi. I’m just sneaking in, borrowing time on the computer at the library. 😉

    Gosh, reading this post really makes me wish I had been the first commterER again. 😥 This really is a good one, especially the part you highlighted: “from the very first day you applied your mind to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your words.”

    And THAT is powerful. And yet, it says nothing about succeeding or being holy or righteous or flawless or perfect. It simply says, “the moment you APPLIED…”

    God always approves an application! 😉

  7. Yes, Nor. I have sorely missed my first commenter. Thank you for sneaking in.

    Yeah, that’s my favorite part, guess the emphasis gave it away.

    “And yet, it says nothing about succeeding or being holy or righteous or flawless or perfect.”

    Nope…just humility…bowing down and requesting His knowledge. You’ve brightened my day…again. Thanks!

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