“As soon as you began to pray, a word went out…” (Daniel 1-20)
Daniel was watching what was going on all around him, and his spirit was breaking within. He had read Jeremiah’s prophecies: he knew it didn’t look good for Jerusalem. He knew the Truth of God’s word, but Daniel also understood – firsthand- the Truth of God’s mercy.
So fell on the bigness of God’s heart. He fasted. He prayed. He clothed himself in sackcloth and ashes. He got on his face before the Father God he knew and he prayed;
…and while he was still praying
God sent a messenger to give insight and understanding:
“As soon as you began to pray, a word went out…”
Like releasing a carefully stilled arrow, bowing in heart and in spirit before God, releases His Word…
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
God is listening.
God takes our prayers – that are gilded in spirit and in truth – and fashions Peace and Hope and Life out of the muttering of 26 lifeless scribbles.
In the working of God’s incredible unfathomable universe, God’s love and His mercy trump all… as He uses the simple, childlike, “small” things to confound the wise.
Our prayers matter because what we care about, and Who we look to for answers matters to God.
Confound me with your love, Lord. Break my heart for what breaks yours.
Watering Today: Prov 29; ps 29, 129; Daniel 9; Zechariah 4-6; Luke 12