Daniel’s Christ-Like Prayer LifeWritten by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on May 15, 2016 in - No Comments
A. Christianity and prayer go hand-in-hand. We are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
B. Prayer is not only a New Testament concept. It is found throughout Scripture.
C. In this lesson, we will examine Daniel 6, where that prophet prayed, and notice that the qualities of his prayer life are later seen in the life of Jesus.
Body: Daniel’s Prayer Life Was…
I. Properly Directed
A. Daniel 6:10 tells us he faced Jerusalem
B. Solomon prayed that this would happen, even if the people were in exile (1 Kings 8:27-30).
C. Jesus did not necessarily pray toward Jerusalem, but He directed His prayers heavenward (John 17:1), as we must do as well.
A. Humility is necessary in prayer (Luke 18:10-14).
B. Daniel “got down on his knees” when he prayed (Daniel 6:10).
C. We also see humility in Jesus’s prayers (John 11:41).
D. Are my prayers filled with humility?
III. Filled with Gratitude
A. Daniel “prayed and gave thanks before his God.” Considering the situation, it is remarkable that Daniel gave thanks!
B. Philippians 4:6-7 shows us that our prayers need to always be “with thanksgiving.”
C. John 6:11 is just one time we see Jesus giving thanks in His prayers.
D. Are my prayers just “wish lists,” or are they filled with thanksgiving?
A. Daniel 6:10 says he prayed 3 times each day, “as he had done previously.”
B. The Gospels make it clear that Jesus had a regular prayer life. Luke 22:39 speaks of His “custom” of going to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane.
C. Am I praying “without ceasing?”
A. My prayer life may not look exactly like Daniel’s or like the Lord’s, but it should follow their example in principle.
B. Prayer draws us closer to God, and should be the desire of the heart of every Christian.