Friday, February 27th

Friday, February 27th

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. But you, O God, will send the wicked down to the pit of destruction. Murderers and liars will die young, but I am trusting you to save me. Psalm 55:22-23

Rescue me from my enemies, O God. Protect me from those who have come to destroy me. Rescue me from these criminals; save me from these murderers. They have set an ambush for me. Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord, though I have not sinned or offended them. I have done nothing wrong, yet they prepare to attack me. Wake up! See what is happening and help me! .... But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:1-4, 16-17

With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death. O God, insolent people rise up against me; a violent gang is trying to kill me. You mean nothing to them. But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant. Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O Lord, help and comfort me. Psalm 86:12-17

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

There is something very special that happens to us as we increasingly develop a prayer relationship with God through the spiritual discipline of daily prayer. This special happening is one of the biggest contributors to our being able to live a victorious Christian life. Here is the thing that happens: God becomes more real to us than the testing and trials we are experiencing. This is what the reference to Daniel giving thanks to his God signifies and it truly is the essence of what is being conveyed in the additional Scriptures above. The intimacy God intends for us to experience with him is the core of our relationship with him. Intimacy with God is a beautiful thing and it makes all the difference. There many things that make up a full prayer experience with God, but just being with him in the joy of communing together is the centerpiece of it all. As we grow in our ability to just be with God in times of joyful communion, it will come about that he will become more real to us than not only our testing and trials, but anything here on earth. As we grow in this kind of relationship with God our commitment and convictions for how we live life will be unwavering because they are rooted in him and not us.

Lord, take me further today than ever before in my jouney of knowing and experiencing you intimately. Give me an awareness of your presence, a stability of soul, and an abiding sense of peace in the midst of everything else my life consist of. Truly, Lord, become more real to me than anything else. Allow me to be lost in your love, faithfulness, mercy, strength, joy, and peace. Help me Lord to believe that my feet will me more solidly planted for living life well on earth in the midst of testing and trials than they would ever be without this fuller heavenly connection that I am pursuing with you.

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