Category “Daniel”

Mathew Chapter 26 Verses 36-46; Jesus’ Intense prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane

 

 

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Daniel Chapter 9 – 12 Bible Study

Daniel Chapter 9 – 12 Bible Study

Daniel Chapter 9 is an amazing example of God's prophecy given here to Daniel. Daniel vision is explained by Gabriel and verses 24-27 contain the most incredible prophecy of the coming Messiah.

Daniel Chapters 10-12, especially chapter 11 contains such specificity that non-believers insist that it was written after the events described since it is so accurate, and it was written hundreds of years before those events.

 


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Daniel Chapter 7 & 8 Bible Study

Daniel Chapter 7 & 8 Bible Study

Daniel Chapter 7 begins the 2nd part of Daniel and where his visions begin. Chapter 7 contains the details of his first dream with the four beasts; the lion, the bear, the leopard, and the 4th beast which was so different that Daniel could not identy it with any animal.

Daniel Chapter 8 provides detail of his 2nd vision regarding what will happen to the Jewish people both in the 2nd century BC and in the End Times; specially regarding Antiochus IV Epiphanes who reigned from 170 BC to 164 BC.

 

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What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

Prayer is talking to God and God talking to you.

I like the bumper sticker that said: “If you don’t feel like praying, talk to God about it.”

There is no formula to prayer:

It is simply conversing with God. It is essentially talking with God as you would talk with an earthly parent who loves you and wants the best for you. God is your heavenly Father who loves you perfectly. However, how did Daniel get his “Extraordinary Spirit?”(Dan. 6:3) Was is because he had a habit of dropping to his knees, facing a destroyed Jerusalem, and praying to his God 3 times per day?

The A.C.T.S. prayer model will be helpful to you as you learn how to pray. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

Adoration means worship.

We encourage you to begin your time of prayer by adoring and praising God. Praise Him for who He is and for all that He has done for you. God delights in your praises!

I like the comparison of the distance between us, humans, and an ant. We think nothing of the ant. The gap between us and God is infinitely greater than the distance between us and the ant. Yet God loves us! I always wonder why? It must be because God is Love. (1 John 4:8)

          Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

          Romans.8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Confession means agreeing with God about the things that you have done wrong.

It’s a time to express sorrow about what you have said, thought, or done that is not pleasing to Him. Ask God to reveal to you the sins in your life that you need to confess. Ask God to forgive you for these things, and then believe that He does so freely. When you confess your sins, you receive God’s cleansing and this helps to remove any barrier in your communication with Him.
1 John 1:9.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The greatest war we fight in our lives is the one we have with ourselves, our own sinful nature. By confessing our sins, agreeing with God, we are advancing in that war against the kingdom of darkness.
It is a good idea to ask God to replace sin with the opposite. So ask God to replace pure love instead of lust, joy instead of depression, and humility instead of pride.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Thanksgiving basically means being thankful to God.

Thank Him for His love, protection, and provision just to name a few things. How many times has He answered your prayers? Do you have a journal of answered prayers? If not, you should.
How many times has He protected you unawares? Has another driver slowed you down and you got upset. But maybe you avoided an accident because you were a little later?
Remember the Lord in all areas of your life; home, work, business, family, church, etc.
Psalms 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Matt. 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Supplication is the final component:

And this means praying for your needs and for the needs of others, such as friends, family, your pastor, missionaries, government leaders, and persecuted Christians around the world; even the lost. You may want to pray for such things as God’s guidance, wisdom, and opportunities to serve Him
As you pray, ask the Lord to give you the desires of His heart. Base your prayers upon scripture. By praying the Word, we align our will with His, and remind the Lord of His promises.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Summary:

There is no rigid formula for prayer. Remember prayer is talking to God. When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink, what did he say to Jesus? HELP! Keep in mind that the ACTS model serves as a guide to help you, not a rigid formula to follow. There is no “canned” approach that you need to take; just talk from your heart. There are additional steps that will help. Set aside a specific time to pray each day.
Pick a quiet place where you can be alone with God. You will also find a special blessing if you begin your time by reading the Bible. Select a passage to read (download a Bible reading plan) and spend some time thinking about it deeply. Reflect on what God is impressing on your heart to you through the passage.
Ask God to help you apply what you are learning. God wants you to share your heart with Him, and He wants to share His heart with you—this can take place anytime, day or night!

 

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Daniel Chapter 6 Bible Study

Daniel Chapter 6

Daniel Chapter 6 is the very familar story of Daniel and the Loins Den. Listen closely and you might learn something new, especially about prayer vs character.

Enjoy,
Larry

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Daniel Chapters 4 & 5 Bible Study

Daniel Chapters 4 & 5

Daniel Chapter 4 is another story of Nebuchadnezzar's dream and its interpretation by Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the Babylonian empire in the 6th century BC. Here he dreams of a very large tree that is cut down.

 

In Daniel Chapter 5 King Belshazzar calls for the gold vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had brought from the Temple in Jerusalem; and then sees the handwriting on the wall.

 

 

Enjoy,
Larry

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Daniel Chapter 2 & 3 Bible Study

Daniel Chapter 2 & 3

Daniel Chapter 2 is the story of Nebuchadnezzar's dream and its interpretation by Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the Babylonian empire in the 6th century BC.

 

Daniel Chapter 3 is the rather famous story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refusing to bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar's statue of gold and were thrown into the fiery furnace where they were protected by God.

Enjoy,
Larry

 

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Daniel Chapter One Bible Study

Daniel Chapter One

Here is the audio of our study of Daniel Chapter One from my Men's Bible Study on July 27, 2014. Daniel is a very inportant book in the Bible as it has a tremendous amount of prophecy that I believe is releveant today.

Even though Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon as hostages when they were about 15 years old, Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself by eating forbidden foods.

Enjoy!

God Bless.
Larry


 

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