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Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

Grow 08 - Part 2

by Erik Momsen

The Growth of living plants depends primarily on the roots and likewise with spiritual matters.  The roots of faith are among others prayer, the Word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  With these "roots" strongly established and maintained, the believer can grow into maturity and bear much fruit.

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Daniel chapter nine teaches us much about prayer.  Daniel in the Babylonian exile learns from Jeremiah 25:11-12 that the exile will be 70 years.  This extended punishment fills him with dread.

v9:3.  Daniel turns in earnest prayer to the Lord. His prayer is of a very active and physical nature.  Not just words but fasting and change of his clothing.

v9:4.  Prayer starts with an acknowledgement of who God is - "great, awesome, keeper of the covenant of love."

v9:5.  Confession - Daniel is convicted of the sin of the nation.
He is specific about their sin.  Turning from God, not obeying His commands, not listening to the prophets.

v9:7.  He reminds all that God is righteous and they have been punished justly. (also 9:15)

v9: 9.  He however remembers that God is merciful and forgiving . (2 Corinthians 7:9-11 gives an example of Christians needing to change mind and manner so as to grow.)

v9:15.  "NOW O Lord" - remembering God's acts of power - not denying their sin - he calls on God to turn His anger - and restore the city of God.

v9:17.  "NOW O God" - hear the prayers.
   - restore the sanctuary - the place of worship.
   - restore the city that bears your Name - display a blessed city.
"We do not make request of You because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy." (9:18)

"For your (Name) sake, O my God, do not delay ...."
It may sound strange that Daniel is praying for Israel to be sent back home and claiming that it is for God's good.  We are dealing here with God having a people who will worship and witness to His Name.  A people who are a reminder to the world that God does reign and the nations are to acknowledge Him.

AT A PERSONAL LEVEL

  1. Read the signs of the times and know what is happening and what God can do.
  2. Prayer is a body, mind spirit activity - set a time, date and place.
  3. Prayer starts with a little faith (knowing God) and grows - faith starts by hearing / knowing about God.  "But without faith it is impossible to please Him , for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
  4. Prayer cannot work in a heart that blames God.  Confession of our own faults is the beginning of the way back to God and the blessing of His plans for us.
  5. Remember that He is merciful and forgiving - to the extent that He died for us.  Nothing can separate us from Him - only our injured or wilful pride.

Prayer restores our relationship with God and sustains the same.

Date Added: 2008-03-05

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