2 Chronicles 20:7-9 (NIV)
" O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.' -2 Chronicles 20:7-9 (NIV)
God commands and demands faithfulness and allegiance. He is God over all. If we stray , rebel, He will send something or someone to cause us to look at Him. God is not mocked. We must be attentive to Him, obedient and faithful.
Abba Father, forgive me that I have not been Your faithful son nor servant. I have wandered away, strayed from the narrow path. I want to follow You faithfully, completely wholeheartedly, the rest of my days. Help me to do so. Help to open my heart, eyes, ears to know You and to follow You.- Amen!
"O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. " -2 Chronicles 20:6 (NIV)
God is in control of the nations even though we may not think so. He places people in power. He deposes them. He is in control. No leader is in place without the permission of God.
Abba Father, do not let me stress out over the political unrest we see daily in our world. For I know that You are in control . Even the worst of the worst are under Your control.- Amen!
"Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication...while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. "At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision." -Daniel 9:20-23 (NASB)
There is a cost to answered prayer. Praying, confessing, pleading, laboring, waiting- Not all prayers are this way but there are some that we must labor over. Particularly those with specific plans that God has set forth.
Abba Father, I know that you do answer prayer. I know that I give up to easily. Help me to labor in prayer. Help me to be persistent and consistent with You. Lord what do You want us to do- Show us, please. -Amen!
" O my God, listen to me and hear my request...We do not ask because we deserve help, but because you are merciful." Daniel 9:18(NLT)
I can go to my Heavenly Father and I can ask or plead with Him on the character and mercy of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know Father will answer me.
Abba Father, I do need Your help and mercy. Father, I am so inconsistent, so helpless, so impatient, sometimes so confused. Help me, please. I want to do right in your sight. I want to be Your prophet in these days. Hear I am. speak through me.-Amen!
i" Lord God, you are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebeeled against you." Daniel 9:9(CEV)
God continually forgives even though often we (I) sin, disobey and totally ignore Him. He is merciful and forgiving even tough I deserve punishment and discipline.
I thank You, Abba Father, for your compassionate and merciful love. Thank You that You forgive, cleanse, purify. I do not deserve any of Your mercy but I do thank YOU.- Amen!