Will You Be Found Praying? (Praying Through the Bible #92 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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Praying Through the Bible #92

TEXT: Daniel 6:1-11

You and I are very familiar with the story of Daniel in the lions’ den. Daniel was taken from his homeland as a captive to the land of Babylon. He was trained by Babylonian teachers, and early on, he exhibited a desire to trust God, obey God, and be faithful to God even in a foreign land. Because of his dedication to God, he is one of the most well-known heroes of the Old Testament. Daniel was also a dedicated prayer warrior.

John Piper said Daniel lived “a life of daring, defiant, disciplined prayer. Daniel was more immersed in secular life than most of us and he lived by prayer. What God thought and what God did mattered most. So Daniel lived by consulting God and by asking God to act.”

Today, we are going to look at an example of Daniel’s prayer-filled lifestyle — a time in his life when he was “found praying.” Based on this passage, I want to ask you three questions that will challenge you to be faithful in prayer just as Daniel was.

1. Will you be found praying in times of abundant blessings? Our passage states, “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.” Darius was the king of the Persian empire. His kingdom was so vast — it stretched from India to the Mediterranean — that he had to set up 120 governors to rule different provinces. And over those governors, he set up three presidents who reported directly to him. Daniel was chosen as one of the three presidents, and the Bible tells us that he was “the first” among the three. The Bible goes on to tell us that “Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”

2. Will you be found praying in times of adversity? This passage tells us that the other two presidents of the Persian empire and some other leaders in the kingdom were jealous of Daniel and his favor with the king. So, they got together in order to come up with a way to get Daniel in trouble. And the only thing that they could devise was an attack on Daniel’s faithfulness in prayer. These jealous leaders go to the king and say, “All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.”

3. Will you be found praying when it seems like you are abandoned and alone? Daniel was not only faithful in times of abundance and in times of adversity, but Daniel was faithful in praying in times when it seemed like he was alone. When Daniel’s enemies found him praying, they immediately ran to the king to report that Daniel had broken the law. The Bible tells us that the king who loved Daniel “was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.”

Daniel’s story shows us that God rewards faithful, consistent prayer to Him. You know how Daniel’s story ends. Because of Daniel’s faithfulness, God delivered Him from the lions’ den. When the king came to check on Daniel the next morning, Daniel said, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” The Bible says, “So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.”

Do you believe God enough to be found praying in times of abundance? Do you believe God enough to be found praying in times of adversity? Do you believe God enough to be found praying when you feel like you are abandoned and alone? The question for us today is, no matter the circumstances, will we be found praying?

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

LISTEN: Things to Remember When You are Experiencing the Chastisement of God (Part 4) (Praying Through the Bible #91 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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Praying Through the Bible #91

This is our final message on the subject of prayer from Lamentations chapter 3. In this chapter, there are 12 things that we should remember when God is chastising us as He chastised the children of Israel.

We have already looked at nine things from this passage, and they are as follows:

1. Pray with the understanding that God is still in control
2. Remember that, in God, you have strength and hope
3. Realize that if you are still alive, God is showing you mercy.
4. Determine to remember the experience of chastisement.
5. Choose to get humble and stay humble.
6. Never stop trusting God through the period of chastisement.
7. It is good to sometimes experience silence from God.
8. It is good to suffer now in order to prosper later.
9. It is God’s will to restore us to fellowship with Him.

Today, we are going to look at the final three things from this passage that we ought to do when we are being chastised by God.

1. We should search and try our ways. In verse 40, Jeremiah says to the children of Israel, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.” In other words, let us look at and examine our ways. As the Apostle Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” The words “search and “try” bear the meaning of carrying out an investigation or searching for the truth.

2. We should admit our faults and failures to God. Verses 41-42 of this passage read, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.” The imagery of verse 41 is very unique. Almost all of the commentaries agree that this verse is depicting a prayer made in complete and utter sincerity — our hands, or our outward expression, lifting up our hearts and reflecting honest supplication with God.

3. We should pray to God and praise His name. Verse 56 reads, “I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon. Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.” As this passage draws to a close, Jeremiah returns to one of the themes with which he began. He started out by lamenting the fact that God was not hearing his prayers or the prayers of the children of Israel. Because of their sins, they began to feel as though God had cut them off during their time of chastisement.

Notice God’s response to prayer now. Verse 57 says, “Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee.” Because they have admitted their sins before God and have chosen to turn back to Him, God draws near to them once again. He hears their cries for forgiveness and He listens to their prayer. When we sin, we should be quick to get things right with God, even if He chooses to chastise us, so that our fellowship with Him will not remain broken and so that we can get on praying ground, stay on praying ground, and be in a position for God to answer our

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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Sen. Tim Scott R-S.C. speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sen. Tim Scott R-S.C. speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Kevin Roper leaves a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured.
(Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

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Following his defeat in the Virginia primary Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., tells reporters he intends to resign his leadership post at the end of July, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Following his defeat in the Virginia primary Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., tells reporters he intends to resign his leadership post at the end of July, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

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