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Incense Rising Online Study 15

Welcome back to our study through Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer. Day 37 did not dig into the details of Daniel’s prayer, but we can spend more time there today.

Daniel begins by looking at God’s attributes. God’s greatness overshadows Daniel’s weakness. He remembers God is a promise keeper, and Daniel was claiming a particular promise in Scripture. As Daniel read Jeremiah’s prophecy, he rejoiced at the promise that their return to Israel was soon. Daniel knew the Israelites did not deserve God’s blessings. They had sinned. That was the reason they were in Babylon.

Daniel confessed the sins of Israel. Do we do that? Do we seek the forgiveness of a nation that slaughters the unborn? No, I have never had an abortion. No, I have never performed one, but I live in a nation with bloodstains on its hands. That was Daniels point. His beloved nation of Israel had sinned. They did not deserve God’s mercy, but God is gracious and forgiving.

Only God was, and is, righteous. Not Israel. Not us. We are like the people Daniel was praying for. We are as shameful as them. Anything God would do to them, to us, would be fair, because only He is righteous.

Daniel recalls God’s power. Sometimes, we talk about God’s power so much that we become complacent about it. We need a reminder about just how awesome God’s power really is. Daniel knew only God had the power to deliver them out of captivity. They could not deliver themselves. They could do nothing without God.

Sometimes, we trust in ourselves to do things. We fail when we believe we can do it in our own anemic strength. When there is no one, no one at all, but God, we are reminded just how powerless we really are. The incurable cancer. The accident which should have taken your life. The depression even the anti-depressants do not halt. The child who will not return. The door that refuses to budge.

Why would God want to use His mighty arm on behalf of sinful Israel? Why would He do it on our behalf?

Not for the sake of Daniel. Not for the sake of Israel, but for the sake of the Lord and His name. Save the people. Return them to their beloved Jerusalem. Though they did not deserve it, the good name of the Lord did.

Daniel knew it was God’s will to be merciful to Israel. He begged for His mercy.

We pray to the same merciful God. We cry out on behalf of our nation, our churches, and our families. Not for our benefit. Not for our pleasure, but for God’s glory. If our prayer requests do not bring glory to God, we should remain silent. If we do not make supplication for God’s glory, we should keep quiet. The glory of God must be our sole purpose in prayer.

Lord, we can be selfish asking for what we want at times. Help us think like Daniel. Help us keep Your glory front and center in our prayers. Amen.

Incense Rising Online Study 13

Get to know the God who knows you. That was the focus of Day 31 in Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer ( https://amountainoffaith.com/carolyns-books/ ). Paul’s prayer for the church at Colosse ended with a power-packed prayer request.

Read Colossians 1:7-12. We should pray in like manner for Christians, our church, and ourselves. Pay close attention to verse 11.

Strengthen with all might

If we prayed for believers to be strengthened with all might, wouldn’t that render them almighty? Only God is almighty (El Shaddai, Almighty God). God does not endow us with “all might”, but He will supply us all the might necessary for the day. God grants us sufficient strength, sufficient might, for this season of struggle.

What are you facing today? What trial are you going through now? God empowers you with just the right amount of strength when you need it. Never too little, but never too much.

Have you ever thought you could never handle someone else’s circumstances? That is because you lack the substance to handle it. God has not empowered you to handle their trial because it is not your trial to handle.

The next phrase is:

…according to His glorious power

What are we strengthened with? Not our own power, but the power of God. When the Lord fortifies us with all might, we are fueled with a divine gift. God’s power strengthens us. This is why Paul wrote Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I clung to that verse for the intense training with my guide dog. Physical strength was necessary during guide dog school. Learning braille called for patience, and that is the next thing Paul speaks about:

…for all patience and longsuffering…

As I explained, braille required more patience than working with a guide dog. However, almost everything we encounter requires some amount of patience, especially the long trials. Trials that never seem to end. God enables us to patiently come through them. Why do we still feel impatient, wanting the pain and sorrow to end? If we ever felt we could handle it, we would no longer need to depend on God. He gives us just what we need while still depending on Him.

Finally, Paul closes the verse:

…with joy.

Joy in a trial? Yes! Read James 1:2. Have you ever wondered how we can consider trials as joyful? Only by the potency and power of Almighty God can joy prevail.

Would you like to pray in the same manner as Paul? Remember to include all of God’s family. Pray for their healing. Pray for their finances. Pray about their job or family. Pray for God to strengthen them with all might according to His power. Power that will give Him glory. Power to make Christians patient, and even count their trial as joy. Sound impossible? Nothing is impossible with God!

Lord, I pray for this reader. Strengthen them with all the might they need. Strengthen with Your power that You may be glorified. Fill them with patience. Fill them with joy. In Jesus’ name, amen.