I have been thinking a lot the last week about leadership and prayer. The great leaders of the Old Testament seemed to be grounded in prayer. Moses prevailed in prayer all day and the victory was won (Exodus 17). Daniel was disciplined, diligent, regular and consistent in prayer for 60 plus years (Daniel 1, 6). Moses and Daniel have challenged me to be a leader grounded in prayer. Daniel has also challenged me regarding leadership and courage and conviction.
As a young man Daniel refused to eat the foreign king’s food and drink the king’s wine. Daniel was going against the flow of culture and that took a lot of courage and conviction. God honored him for it. As an old man Daniel refused to bow to the foreign king and instead maintained his regular habit of praying three times a day from his open window facing Jerusalem even though he knew it would probably cost him his life. Wow, that’s courage and conviction! In what ways is God calling me and you to go against the flow of culture, to maintain consistent and regular prayer and to stand with courage and conviction?
This week I haven’t been 100% successful but I have been trying to pray three times a day like Daniel. I’m not sure how long Daniel prayed but I’ve been working on 10-2-10; ten minutes in the morning, two minutes at mid-day and ten minutes at night. I encourage you to try it. I’ve been using the tested and effective prayer structure of ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. I encourage you to try it with me. Then let’s watch our courage, conviction and leadership increase!
Together in prayer,