Daniel9:13-14 “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth. “Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
Daniel has been confessing all kinds of sins that he and Israel have committed and he comes to the sin of prayerlessness. What we see here is that even when Israel faced great trial and calamity, they did not make prayers before the LORD. When we sense trial or difficulty it should drive us immediately to prayer – when we are not so driven it should be a wake-up call to the coldness of our heart.
Do you tell people you are praying for them and you really are not? Do you know that you should stop and pray but you quench the Holy Spirit prompting you and you do not? Do you have a prayer list and yet you do nothing with it? Do you have a cold heart when it comes to prayer? Is the sin of prayerlessness prevalent in your life and do you need to confess it today?
Prayerlessness is something I struggled with in the past a lot and still have my days where it is a struggle. I have worked hard at praying for people as soon as they ask for prayer. I fight hard to not quench the Spirit and stop and pray with people. I try to pray go through a prayer list but it is a struggle – I more pray through it in burst throughout my day. I do not see a cold heart to prayer in my own life. What about you? How you handle prayer and prayerlessness?