Monday, July 4, 2016

Book Review: The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz

From cover:

Many people today find that their prayers don’t “work.” And like a broken cell phone, DVD player, or TV remote, they throw prayer out as unnecessary “clutter” in their busy lives. Anne Graham Lotz has found that while prayer does work, sometimes the “pray-ers” don’t. So she has turned to the prophet Daniel for help.
The Daniel Prayer is born deep within your soul, erupts through your heart, and pours out on your lips, words created by and infused with the Spirit of God quivering with spiritual electricity. It’s really not an everyday type of prayer. It’s a prayer birthed under pressure. Heartache. Grief. Desperation. It can be triggered by a sudden revelation of hope. An answer to prayer, a promise freshly received, a miracle that lies just over the horizon…
Join Anne in a thrilling discovery of prayer that really works.
This book will help readers pray effectively for their nation, for their families, and for themselves. She will answer such questions as:
  • Does God only hear the prayers of good people?
  • How do I know the God to whom I pray will listen?
  • How do I know God cares about my prayer?
  • How do I know God will answer my prayer?
  • Why should I pray?
  • Does it matter where I am when I pray?
  • Are words in prayer all that matter, or does my attitude affect prayer?
  • What difference does my prayer make?
The book also includes some of her original prayers that demonstrate the principles taught in The Daniel Prayer.

My Review:

The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz is full of prayers that would change lives personally, in communities, across the nations and the world. The Daniel Prayer is based on Daniel 9. Anne shows the reader to prepare for prayer, how to plead in prayer, and about how God answers prayer. the last section of the book is helpful for learning prayer patterns about prayers that are centered, compelled, confident, contrite, clear and for warfare.  The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz shows the passion that is poured out in Daniel 9 and how we can have that passion today for our world today. The note section in the back stood out to me with a beautiful walk though of all the scriptures used and other notes about the book chapter by chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting deeper and more effective prayer either in group or personal study.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

We are God's Obsession

2 Kings 4:1-7 "Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord ; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves." Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil." Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full." So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not one vessel more." And the oil stopped. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest."

We are vessels of God. Like the vessels in 2kings 4, God searches for vessels that are capable of carrying His glory. There are conditions that the vessels have to meet to qualify. God heals the broken vessels and makes them stronger. God creates each of us vessels like a master potter.

Like Adam, God searched all of creation for a bride for His son but no created thing was worthy or able to carry His glory, so He created man and women in His own image so that we could have the relationship with Him that His Son was desperately desiring.

We say that God is our obsession but really we are Gods obsession. He took His very words and formed them into man to relate with our form so that He could take upon our sins. He came and lived a perfect life so that He would be worthy for us, worthy of taking our sins, dying, concerning Hell and taking back the keys that we were so foolish with and raising up again. That's obsession.

Now the Holy Spirit searches for vessels that He can fill like the widow was going all over hunting vessels for oil. Gods glory isn't fading. His glory is multiplying like the oil in 2kings. God is looking for willing, worthy vessels that have been cleaned so they don't pollute the oil. Jesus is looking for His bride.