Understanding God’s Promises

Devotional

“At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved.”Daniel 9:23

Daniel was not only a prayer warrior, but he was also a student of God’s Word. He searched the scriptures and was reading from Jeremiah 25 and 29 and discovered the number 70. He did not wholly understand the prophecy, but he knew it applied to him and his people. This is when he set his heart to prayer.

It has been rightly said, “effective prayer comes out of knowing and praying both God’s word and our present circumstances.” As Daniel read and had knowledge of the times he was living, God spoke to his heart, and he was able to identify that this scripture was meant for him and his present circumstances. He landed on a promise.

Daniel knew he landed on a promise, but he was unsure of its meaning in its entirety. He did not run to anyone for counseling, and no commentaries were opened, he went directly to God for the answers. God answered, as He always does. In Daniel’s case, He responded right away, and the angel Gabriel was sent to answer.

The Bible tells us that right when Daniel began praying, the command went out to Gabriel to bring the answer. Jesus said to us that God knows what we need before we even ask (Matt. 6:8). Isaiah tells us God will answer before we call out, and while we are speaking, He hears (Isaiah 65:24). In this case, the answer came right away to Daniel, but in some cases, there are delays in the response. God always has a reason for the delay, when it is right to answer, you can be sure He will.

Jesus, through His shed blood, has made direct access to the Throneroom (Hebrews 4:16). We no longer need to hear from angels as we speak directly to our heavenly Father, for we are “greatly beloved” too. And when we study God’s word, and it speaks to our hearts, it causes us to pray for His will to be done in our lives and in this nation, and the world.

If we do not know and seek understanding of His word, how will we ever know the promises and what God has for us?

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