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Identification in Prayer

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SCRIPTURE

To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. - Daniel 9:8-11a

 

OBSERVATION

The humility and heart of Daniel in his prayer is unbelievable. Here was a godly, righteous and upright prophet of God who chose to identify himself in confession of sin in his intercessory prayer. The old adage of “If being a Christian is illegal would there be any evidence of it in your life to convict you” reveals telling truth. Daniel was so godly that he actually was put in jail for obeying God and praying. Yet he identified himself as a sinner along with Israel for rebellion, disobedience and treachery. Genuine spirituality is realizing and coming to terms with one’s own brokenness in confession. It is not masking and covering our guilt with self righteousness.

 

APPLICATION

Points of obedience: Approach all life with humility. 

  •  Prayer: Identify myself with this nation and community in our sin when I pray and confess wholeheartedly. Function as a prophet in intercession for our nation for revival and renewal.

  • Bible: Don’t cast judgement on those who have fallen but identify in their weakness and sin.

  • Relationship: Be quick to confess and repent especially to Renee and kids.

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

I humble myself before you. Please forgive me of my self righteousness and cleanse me of any blind spot sins that I am unaware of. Would you help me to continue to pray for our nation, government and our leaders? Thank you for exposing blind spots in my life that need repentance. 

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Does God Rescue

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SCRIPTURE

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

OBSERVATION

 King Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree that all people would worship the status of him or be thrown into a blazing furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were brought to attention b/c they didn't follow through with this standard of worshiping the statue. With that being said, they were thrown into the furnace only to be unharmed and God was glorified through this event. 

APPLICATION

My application is to have a steadfast faith and belief in the Lord that He will deliver me from any circumstance. Also to have confidence to be brave to stand for what is right no matter the consequence. My obedience to the Lord is worth more than comprising my faith and His truth.  

PRAYER 

Lord, build my faith and trust in you so that I can stand in confidence that you will navigate me through challenging times and to rest on the truth that you are always in control and will work all things out according to your will. 

 
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