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Command Change - A Devotion

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Daniel 9:22-23 (NLT)
He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.

The moment you began praying, a command was given. That very second that you cried out to the Lord in desperation, He immediately had a response for you. There are people who have a habit of talking and not listening. They will ask a question, but not wait for a response. Many people talk at God the very same way. They will pray about their worries, concerns and burdens but walk away before they every get understanding or resolution. We forget that God has a Voice and speaks to those who will listen. But we don’t want talk, human beings want action. Immediate gratification is the only thing that will do but it doesn’t always work that way. In most cases, if we are not getting what “we” want when we pray for His Will then we move forward with our plan. Endurance grows in our ability to wait on the Lord, but He does not leave us alone to wait for change. We have the power to command change in our life. When Daniel prayed, the moment that he prayed, there was a command given in Heaven. Nothing but the best for His Children is God’s Command for us. To come boldly to the Throne of God is not about acting out, sucking up or even demanding our rights, it is an acceptance of God’s Will, His Way and His Word that has been afforded us by the Grace offered by Jesus Christ. Daniel did not have that benefit because Christ had not come yet. Yet, when He prayed as a faithful and uncompromisingly righteous man – He released a command! You can too!

When the angel, Gabriel, came to Daniel it was not to change or fix his situation. It was be bring Daniel insight and understanding. The very first thing that encouraged Daniel with was God’s Faithfulness. Do you believe that God is faithful today? Is it enough that God gave you His Word that when you pray, a command is given in Heaven? Faith in God is not only in the moment your miracle happens or your blessing arrives, it is what you do in the waiting that God sees and honors. The realization of hope ends our need for it any longer. Hope does not disappoint because when it comes we are satisfied. But are you satisfied just knowing that He is faithful? The secret to commanding change in our life is in believing in the Power of God and His Faithfulness before you ever see things begin to turn around. Do you believe today? If you are going through hell today with all its fiery trials, what is steaming from your mouth complaints or commands? Prayer issues a command in Heaven. It is a command for change.

James 5:13-15 (NLT)
“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”

Prayer changes things. It sounds so cliché and in fact has become just a saying anymore. If we as the Body of Christ truly believed that Power of Prayer to change our circumstances, situation and overall life, we would pray a whole lot more. Prayer is not asking for something that God has not planned and Jesus provided for us. It is a command for it to be released as we accept it by faith. It is our way of telling God “yes” to His Plan and Promise for our life. Are you going through hardship? Have you prayed? Prayer offered in faith by believing in God and His Ability will produce results in our life. It sows seeds in our righteousness with God that will grow, develop and mature into all of God’s Promises. But most of the time, we do not ask the Lord for anything until we can do nothing about our current situation on our own. He is our rescue remedy rather than first defense. But what if you pray and healing does not come? Oh, if you prayed it is coming. The command was issued that moment. God has a plan for your life. It contains a future and hope. Some of us travel a great distance from His Glorious Standard of Living that requires some details to be perfected (Psalm 138:8) and other some things changed for our good (Romans 8:28). With that in mind, God issues the command for your life to line up with His Word, Will and Way but He will not allow a single detail to be wasted along the way. We want immediate relief, but the Lord wants complete renewal and restoration. He will not rescue you from your present circumstances. He wants to use them to bless you – including every single one. We have prayed for our son’s healing for almost three years now. He has had cancer five times in that time. Did God answer our prayers? Yes. Each time the cancer was gone completely. But he has had it five times? I think the biggest issue most people have with God is His Timing. The command goes out but no one waits for it to actually happen. Second would be His Way. If God doesn’t do what He promises the way that we think it should happen, too often we decide that He is not going to do it at all. Prayer changes things. Prayer releases a command in Heaven. We must learn to watch and wait until it comes God’s Way in His Timing according to His Plan.

Matthew 6:7-8 (NLT)
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”

Prayer is an opportunity to fully accept the benefits of right standing with God. Nothing new happens when we pray so there is no need to beg or plead with the Lord. It’s not let’s make a deal where you negotiate “I will if YOU will.” He will if you do. What came first the chicken or the egg may be a debate as long as this world exists – but the Truth is in the beginning was God. The Word (Jesus) was with God. His Spirit hovered waiting to facilitate His Word. Before you and I – there was God and He had a plan for your life. A good plan with a future and hope that He is ready to send your way! The Plan is not consistent with our life style or choices but the consistency of God. The Power of Prayer is not in our petition but in our persistence. (Matthew 7:7-8) Prayer establishes our dependency on the Lord and our desire for His Will in our life. Not my will, but Your Will God. It accepts His Best as our desire. Those committed to a life of prayer in seasons of great need or even when things are going pretty well establish a consistent need for Christ in their life as an active participant. God’s Word tells us what to pray for in alignment with His Will. His Spirit inside of us will actually pray for us when we do not have the words to say or even know what it is we need. (Ephesians 6:18)

2 Chronicles 7:14-16 (NLT)
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. When God’s Temple was dedicated in the Old Testament, the Lord was pleased with the structure that they had built for His Presence. He noticed the faithfulness of His People in its construction. But here is the most important part of this promise, “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven…” We want God to answer our prayer without living in covenant or committed to the Lord. This is an Old Testament Promise made possible by a New Testament Savior. Prayer works. We don’t do the work, but accept the promise by faith. Commitment to righteousness demonstrates faithfulness to God, and is interpreted as belief. When Jesus Christ died on the Cross later releasing His Spirit, you and I became the Temple of God. (I Corinthians 6:19-20) We honor the Sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ by living a life of holiness which is nothing more than turning from our wicked ways and seeking God’s Face every day. This is an act of giving up our life to serve Him. It is how we humble ourselves by accepting His Plan as a better option our life despite the fact that we do not have all the details or an outline of what is to come. We accept it by faith in the Lord and the unprecedented Power of His Love. We live what we believe by praying and communicating with the Lord and remaining faithful while His Command turns into the Promise we have been waiting for. God detests the prayers of those who ignore His Law found in His Word which is His Way. (Proverbs 28:9) We must remain true to our commitment to the Body of Christ as a resident of His Kingdom and temple for His Spirit. (Psalm 17:3-6)

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Are you ready for a change? Do you need a change in your life today? It begins with prayer. The command is issued in Heaven as God begins to work out all the details for your good. I understand just how hard it is sometimes to maintain a life of prayer when nothing seems to point to anything other than random fate. But my life is far from random and I am no longer subject to fate but a wonderful and glorious plan designed by God that is more than I could ever think to ask for. I cannot help but believe all of the trials, troubles and hardship must amount to something far greater than I can imagine in the pain and sorrow they have caused along the way. Each day I must strive to pray about everything which releases commands for change in Heaven. I can tell God what I need but more importantly I must be thankful for all He has done including the things I can see and those not yet recognized. The Holy Spirit inside of me will whisper instruction and give me understanding if I approach prayer as a conversation and not chronic complaining. Faith in God’s Word, Will and Way will blanket my life in peace that guards my heart so it will not be forever broken and mind so that I will not be distracted by the enemy’s roars. Command change in your life today by reestablishing communication with our Awesome God today. Have confidence in His Plan finding affirmation in His Word and by His Spirit. Decide to wait until your prayer for His Promise becomes a reality. God has not changed His Mind and He will not change His Way to accommodate us and our unwillingness to wait. Don’t forfeit your dream or give up on that vision but press in and pray today. Widen the boundaries of your prayer life to include the needs of others. Command change to come in your life today – it all begins with you! “As I was praying…” (Daniel 9:21)

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

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