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I don’t know about you, but I have this weird relationship with prayer, especially when it comes to my family.  I believe — I think — that prayer is the most important thing I need to do to help my wife and kids have awesome relationships with God.  The funny thing is I find it hard to act out my beliefs.  My responsibility time drowns out my prayer time.

Sons and daughters of the King learn how to pray fervently.  

In Daniel chapter 10, Daniel was praying fervently.  It says in verse 2-3 that Daniel “mourned for three weeks.  I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”  I guess the lotion thing was a big deal for men at the time. Anyway, Daniel prays for three weeks and nothing happens.

Then an angel comes to him to answer his prayer.  But look at what the angel says in verse 12. “Do not be afraid, Daniel.  Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there in Persia.”

Wow!  Daniel prays and he is heard on the first day but because of the battle in the spiritual realms the angel cannot get to him.  Finally, he has to get Michael’s help in order to clear out a way for the angel to get to Daniel.

So many things to learn here about prayer:

  • We are heard immediately.
  • We are heard when we seek to “gain understanding” and humble ourselves.  We seek to learn God’s agenda and pray that agenda, not ours.
  • We must persevere for our answers.  

We may not see the battle in the spiritual realm — (wouldn’t it be cool to see that? — but it is there and it takes our fervent prayers to get God’s grace to come through the spiritual world into our hearts and the hearts of our family.

Will you commit with me to making prayer a priority for our spouse and children?  It may be the most important thing we do for them.