Make Prayer a Habit (2)
December 27, 2012
“He knelt down…three times [a] day, and prayed.” Da 6:10 NKJV
Peter, whom God used to help build the church, and John, whom God used to write the book of Revelation, made time in their daily schedule for prayer. “Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour” (Ac 3:1 NKJV). The apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, said, “Never stop praying” (1Th 5:17 NLT). Daniel’s habit of praying was so well-known that his enemies used it to trap him. “He knelt down on his knees three times [a] day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying” (Da 6:10-11 NKJV). End of story? No, Daniel’s prayers shut the mouths of lions and caused a heathen king to say: “’Men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God…His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed…He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.’ So…Daniel prospered” (vv. 26-28 NKJV). The Psalmist wrote, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps 91:1 NKJV). Once you identify your “secret place” and begin to use it regularly, a kind of aura surrounds it. You will grow to love it, and eventually it will become the most important place in your life. The power of prayer defies calculation. Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer, except that which lies outside the will of God.