Pray that the saints in the house of prayer would learn to pray according to God’s desire and thought, praying prayers that are precious and weighty and that shake the gates of Hades and affect Satan (Dan. 9:3-4a, 17-18a, 20-23a).
Dan. 9:3-4a, 17-18a, 20-23a — So I set my face toward the Lord God to seek Him in prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. And I prayed to Jehovah my God and confessed…And now hear, O our God, the prayer of Your servant and his supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon Your sanctuary that has been desolated, for the Lord’s sake. O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city that is called by Your name…And while I was still speaking and praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my supplication before Jehovah my God for the holy mountain of my God, even while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel…reached me in my utter exhaustion about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me and talked with me and said, Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. At the beginning of your supplications the command went forth, and I have come to tell you, for you are preciousness itself.
In Daniel 9 we should pay attention to two things concerning Daniel’s prayer. First, a genuine man of prayer is not only one who comes before God continually but also one whose desires are fully blended into God’s desires. In other words, his thoughts are fully one with God’s thoughts. This is a very important principle in prayer…
God has much work to do on earth; there are many things He wants to accomplish. We cannot pray according to our own feelings or thoughts; rather, we should come before His presence and draw near to Him and look to Him. We should allow Him to imprint us with the things that He wants to do on earth and turn them into our groaning…When Daniel went to the Lord, he touched something. When he prayed and groaned for what he had touched, the prayer became precious and weighty. It became something that sanctified God’s name, something that brought in His kingdom, and something that enabled His will to be done on earth.
Second, we should also realize that this kind of prayer will shake the seat of Hades and affect Satan. Hence, he will frustrate such prayers. Any prayer that comes from God will inevitably touch the power of darkness…
Brothers and sisters, if we come to God and remain calm before Him, giving up our thoughts to enter into His thoughts, we will see the great need for prayer, we will see that God is waiting for us to pray about so many things, and we will see that everything around can become the subject of our prayer. In fact the whole earth can become the subject of our prayer. We should not pray according to our feelings. We must mingle our desires with God’s desires and allow God’s desires to become our desires, groanings, and yearnings for the universe. God’s desires cannot be released without first passing through man, and God’s desires, when expressed through man’s desires, will be opposed by the power of Satan. In order to fulfill God’s desire, we have to pray, and in order to remove Satan’s frustration, we have to pray. We have to exercise the authority of prayer and release what should be released and bind what should be bound. We should not pray according to our own desire; we should go to the Lord and pray according to the desire that He has imprinted in us. When God says that something is needed, we should say the same, and when He says that something cannot remain, we should also say the same. We should forget about ourselves and touch God’s desire and express His desire through our prayer. (CWWN, vol. 38, “General Messages (2),” pp. 453-457)
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