Habitual Prayer (6 February 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Daniel heard about the law, but when he returned home, he went upstairs and prayed in front of the window that faced Jerusalem. In the same way that he had always done, he knelt down in prayer three times a day, giving thanks to God. The men who had spoken to the king watched Daniel and saw him praying to his God for help. They went back to the king and said, “Didn’t you make a law that forbids anyone to pray to any god or human except you for the next thirty days? And doesn’t the law say that everyone who disobeys it will be thrown into a pit of lions?”

(Daniel 6.10-12)

Reflect: 

Daniel is an example of someone who practices faith in a culture that opposes his belief. Even though Daniel knows his life is in danger, he continues his regular habit of praying three times each day. He continues to worship God and keep prayer habitual even though there might be consequences. Disobeying the King’s law eventually leads Daniel to face the pit of lions where he experiences amazing protection and deliverance. 

Respond: 

Consider ways to make prayer habitual and continuous throughout this day. You might like to use prompts such as making the times you boil the kettle to make drinks a reminder to pray. Or you could set your watch for each hour. Determine to pray as often as you can today – on your knees, like Daniel, if possible.

Midday Meditation:

‘I need a firm discipline of prayer. We like to pray according to our moods – briefly, at length or not at all…but prayer is not a free-will offering to God; it is an obligatory service, something God requires. We are not free to engage in it according to our own wishes. Prayer is the first divine service in the day.God requires that we make time for this service.’

(Dietrich Bonheoffer)

Evening Reflection:

Jesus, we want to be formed into your image more and more each day. Help us when we are weary and when we want to do things on our own. We want to lean on you rather than on our own thoughts and plans. Amen.

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