Thursday, December 18, 2008

At The Foot of God's Throne

We always hear about the importance of prayer in our Christian experience- the breath of the soul, the unleashing power, the great Audience that is ours when we simply close our eyes, with heads bowed in reverence.

However, no matter how many times we hear it or are urged by Paul to 'pray earnestly' in our daily reading, it seems to go in one ear and out the other. Failing, continually, to realise that great men in the Bible spent hours in the divine presence of our Maker.

Daniel, for example, when face with the possible sentence of being fed to the lions, was not afraid but would rather die than miss his 'appointments' with the LORD.

Is praying so important to you that you would rather DIE than miss it?

Would you be so bold not to miss your special time with God? Do you even have that special time with God?
Cadey asked me, 'Why couldn't Daniel just whisper silent prayers to the Lord throughout the day instead of kneeling down THREE TIMES A DAY in front of a window!?' while I was writing this as a draft, and I was taken aback by it.
As I think about it, it must have taken a boldness and divine strength, that cannot be attained through human means but is given by request from 'the Rock that is higher than'* ourselves.

David had time he spent with God, he told the Lord:
*'Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.'
I especially like the way the New Living Translation put it, although I don't quote from that version regularly, it creates an air as though David regularly sought the Lord *'with all [his] heart and with all [his] soul.'

In addition, if this is not enough we are most definitely and fervently to follow our Lord and Saviour as Christians [[Christlike]] should imitate Christ as He, *'in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.'

With This as our example we have no excuse to be lacking in prayer, the opening of one's heart to God as a friend; and if we find ourselves lacking in that aspect, we should humble ourselves on our knees and ask for a willing spirit to Petition
, Repent, Appreciate, Yield, Experience and Rejoice, so that we are in constant communication with our Lord.


Psalm 5:3 (NLT)*
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)*
Mark 1:35 (NKJV)*

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