Project Bible 365 Day 60: The Price of Prayer
When I think about the concept of prayer no Biblical story stands out to me more than the story of the Prophet Daniel. The Bible declares that Daniel was a man that prayed three times a day. He also had reckless faith. I know this because the Bible also declares that the man Daniel was so devout to God that he prayed even if he died at those who wrongfully accused him due to the spirit of jealousy.
Daniel 6:10-15King James Version (KJV)
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, 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.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
Now here in the Land of Canada there are some thing we take for granted. Some of those material things include: name brand clothes, sunglasses, food, safe drinking water, cars, internet access, computers and cellphones.
Those are just some things that some Canadians take for granted. However you can now add Prayer to that list of things that some people in other societies don’t believe in. However I never thought it would happen in my own home. I never thought that I would face being arrested on a number of occasions for praying.
I am not making this stuff up. I was nearly arrested six times for reading the Bible. The first question some of you may ask me include, To be nearly arrested by your own family How did you feel. It’s not easy, there were many tears. There was much confusion. There was much prayer to God asking for more strength to endure until the end of the journey meaning rapture. As all of this was happening I was not allowed to read the Bible due to a court order. I am not one to listen to men before I listen to God. For the span of three months, I had to read the Bible in the weirdest hours. I had to make sure those that had the court order against me for reading the Bible were asleep. Another reason I had the court order set against was because I stood up against unrighteousnesss. I told the police officers that I told the police officers that day when they came to arrest me that their need to to arrest me was indeed foolish. I said to them, their are drug addicts car thieves and other criminals out there in the city and yet they are here to arrest me for reading the Bible. I told them it was foolish… They agreed and left. Within a few hours I went to see the new location of a house.
As this was going on in my life. A still small voice spoke to me and said clear and concise. “Be at peace, if they hated me they will hate you.”
So after receiving two death threats and a court order I decided, that I would be no good in jail or dead so it was time for me to move to the next town to reach more souls and encourage them in the faith. As for those who have rejected me I can do nothing in my own strength. Simply at this point in time it is important to pray for those who despise me.
John 15:18-22King James Version (KJV)
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
Remember friends, it is important not to throw stones at your enemies no matter your hurt. Stay in the prayer closet until you can close the door to the past and just thank Jesus to be counted worthy to be hated by the world. Don’t look back to the past. If you believe that once you came to God that he was able to forgive you of all your sins than trust his words and hug his promises close to your heart.
This concludes tonight’s message on Project Bible 365 Day 60 The Price of Prayer…
The world must know this. It is far more valuable to honour the Lord than it is to heed the call of men.