In this six-session video Bible study, bestselling author Anne Graham Lotz looks at the life of Daniel and unpacks the prayer he prayed in Daniel 9. Unlike the everyday now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep kind of prayer, this is a prayer birthed under pressure. A prayer in which the pray-ers return to the cross and repent of sin. A prayer that changes hearts and nations–even in our world today.
This Bible study workshop has a single purpose: to present an approach that will help you learn to listen for God’s voice, know Him in a personal relationship, and communicate with Him through His Word.
Once Daniel was taken captive in Babylon, he could have chosen to be bitter against God or compromise with his new culture. But instead, he turned to God and sought to change his people’s situation through fervent prayer. What kind of prayer—offered by one person—could move Heaven and change nations? That kind of prayer requires preparation.
Daniel didn't pray out of obligation; he was prompted to pray, based on a promise of God in Scripture. He basically prayed God's promise back to him. As Eugene Peterson says, he “reversed the thunder,” and held God to his Word.
In order to plead with God the way Daniel did, we need to feel connected to him. If you feel disconnected, work on developing confidence in God's character, and restore your relationship with him by confessing your sins with contrition.
When you pray, you can’t be holding on to some other options that you are relying on just in case God doesn’t come through for you. You can’t have a Plan A, and if that doesn’t work a Plan B, and then only tack on prayer as a last resort. God wants you to go to him first and prevail upon him in faith until you have your answer.
Prayer so often feels like hard work. When you enter into conversation with God, you are also entering into a battle against the spiritual forces of this world. Your enemy is crafty. He will try to fill your mind with distractions or create chaos to keep you off your knees. But God has not left you defenseless in the battle.