Friday 23 December 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 14 W 2 D 5.

Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came.

We continue our meditation in Daniel 6:10. It reads,

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days."

Yesterday we looked at the example of Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. Let's bring our focus back to Daniel. Do you observe he had to pray three times? Wrongly, we have been taught that was what he did daily, but that is not true. 

It was not the number of times being referred to as his custom. It was the very fact that he prayed that was customary. The number of times per day was not referred to here. Rather, the reference was to the number of times he had to pray on this particular occasion.

Let us cast our minds back to the Garden of Gethsemane. Do you see that Jesus also had to pray thrice on that singular occasion? And, Elijah, while praying for rain, had to pray thrice also. What are your thoughts? Is three the magic number?

If we were religious, like a whole bunch, we can easily talk up a new doctrine of three and prayers, but we are better than that. We know the letter killeth, but the spirit gives life. It is not as much as the number of times we pray, but that we pray through. We pray till the burden is lifted.

Daniel was not on a practice occasion. He was in a real-life encounter. He needed God. Not tomorrow, or later that day, but that very second. Like Elijah, he was a man of like passion as we are. His life was at stake. 

If he was going to die, he wanted to die in God, with God, and in God's way. And, if was to be delivered, it could only be God. His face was positioned right. His right positioning drove him to the place of prayers and continually did until his spirit got the touch and comfort it sought.

The same we see in Jesus. After he was done praying angels comforted him. He prayed till he broke through. He pushed till something happened. Howbeit, although it was not a physical happening, but one in the deep recess of his soul. That is what a man of prayer and faith seeks.

We see the same effect in Elijah. He prayed till he saw the could. Howbeit, it was not a big cloud, it was the sign he was looking for. It was all he needed. He had broken through. He had an entrance into the holy of hollies.

Do you know this place of prayer? Do you ever break through in the place of prayer? Do you know the comfort of heaven, the comfort of angels? It exists and is available to you. And, what better day to talk about this than on Christmas weekend. 

Here is wishing you a very Merry Christmas, from my family to yours.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

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