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Let God Have the First Word

Today’s #BattleDrill: Daniel was captured by Nebuchadnezzar when he became king of Babylon and made Judah a vassal state. He is in crisis, having discovered that Jeremiah had prophesied that Jerusalem must lie in ruins for seventy years. This week, we discover that what Daniel does in that crisis is a blueprint for us when we face our own difficult circumstances. #salvationarmy #basingstoke #devotional

Read Daniel 9:1-19. We all face crises in our lives. It might be the death of a loved one. It could be the loss of a career or job. It might be ill health. It might be a difficult or broken relationship.

Daniel’s response to his crisis is one we should emulate: he prayed. Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:4-19 suggests five ways we might pray when in crisis and the ways in which God might answer.

Today, we note that before Daniel started speaking to God in prayer, he listened and let God have the first word. How did he do that? He read God’s word. He studied the Scriptures and he listened for God’s voice through them. It was through the Bible that Daniel learned what was going to happen to his city.

The more we read the Bible, the more we listen for God’s voice, the more effective our prayers will be. Scripture often tells us what to pray for and helps us discern when God answers. How could you let God have the first word in your prayers today?

Think about the following:
oWhat makes it difficult to hear God’s voice when you study his Word? What could you do to help that?

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Rob Westwood-Payne

Hi - I'm Rob. I'm married to Gail and we have a handsome, cheeky cocker spaniel called Harley. I am a Christian leader, pastor and preacher. I am a Salvation Army officer leading a congregation in the south of England. I am a leadership and discipleship blogger and daily devotional podcast host.