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  1. When I was a student studying for my London University BSc examinations, I can remember one of my fellow students praying for the miracle of making up for all of the things that he should have learned but had not. He was a student who had not grasped the key idea that examinations required preparation and that meant hours of study gaining experience in solving problems. Of course, the miracle did not happen and he failed the examination (I should add that the end of the story is not related to the point that I want to make but I will tell it anyhow. That student gave up studying science and started studying for the ministry and he became a very good minister right up to the current time.) Getting back to the point that I want to make. Miracles do not just happen. They take preparation and for Daniel and his three friends, it was not just the prayer of the moment but the years of faithful preparation that gave God the opportunity to perform a miracle. Daniel and his friends were prepared and had developed sufficient credibility in the court of Babylon that they were listened to.

    The application for us today is that Christianity is now regarded as lacking credibility due to the public moral hypocrisy of those wearing the label "Christian". What can we do to ensure that we are credible witnesses?

    Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Heb 12:1,2

    Amen!(46)
    • The story of the prayer of Daniel and his three companions is an inspiration to live faithfully and daily resolving to be on the path of righteousness in all that we are called to do and to be. They acknowledged there was a problem, and only God had the solution. Sometimes we struggle looking for answers to our problems or those affecting our families, and all in vain we don't get answers without knowing that the answer was only a prayer away. May God help us to trust Him with both small and big troubles, always remembering that "He cares for us"

      Amen!(33)
  2. GRAB YOUR FRIENDS!

    For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them. Matt 18:20

    For if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, God will do it for you. Matt 18:19

    For if you lack wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously. James 1:5

    For the spirit of the lord will rest on you- the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of might, the spirit of the knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2

    Amen!(10)
  3. Amen. I'm blessed with these discussions especially the *prayer title*
    Praise be to God for the inspiration he shoves.

    Amen!(3)
  4. Holy Ghost help me to give you thanks 24/7. Let thanks be my lifestyle.

    Read Psalm 138:1-8. What can you take away from this prayer of thanksgiving that can help you learn to be thankful to God, regardless of your circumstances?

    The story was told about the ten lepers who were healed.
    The disease leprosy was a communicable disease which was greatly contagious. It was feared and dreadful, no human wanted such a disease. No other diseases caused a separation from families and friends. One had to identified himself/herself from a distance while moving from point A to point B as UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN. If confirmed with the disease one had to join the others in a separate place to prevent contamination. Beds, chairs etc had to be burnt. It was so dreadful that a King had to stay in his house until he died. Cleaning had to be preform after coming in contact with both the dead and the living.

    In light of, despite of, knowing that, the Great Physician had pity on those ten people and healed them. The Bible stated only one returned to say thanks. Saying thanks is good and pleasant in the site of God. Our prayers to God should be more given of thanks for all the blessings he hath bestowed on us.
    O give thanks to the Lord for all his kindness.
    Daniel and his friends recognized what it meant to be thankful to God. Do we always or most of the time remember to say thanks to God and man?

    Amen!(8)

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