How do you respond to rough circumstances? There have been times in my life when running away seemed a good idea; then too times where I figured belligerence was useful. But since sticking more readily to the Jesus Path, I have come to view difficult circumstance differently. In today’s lesson, Daniel teaches us about five important tools for our spiritual toolbox: prayer, supplication, fasting, sackcloth and ashes. Daniel is found using these weapons of warfare to begin perhaps the most important chapter on prayer in all of the Bible.
I unpack each of these five spiritual tools in this lesson, and along the way build a framework for spiritual success – a practical guide to self-examination. Then we stop to contrast our findings with a secular framework prevalent in today’s non-Biblical mindset.
Key Bible Verse
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses…
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
The power found in the exercise and use of prayer, supplication (they are different), fasting, sackcloth and ashes is literally astounding – and as the above verse proclaims – Divinely Powerful. And when I reflect on those times where I became a victim of bad circumstances (or regretfully, the instigator of them) a key descriptor of my life was powerlessness. I could not change the bitterness, shame or anger I experienced or caused. But the Bible-grounded challenge was to better understand the underlying causes of troubles and how the Almighty God instructs us to proceed through them. To this end the message offers four critical ideas to build a framework for spiritual success
- Stand in the Spirit world
- Expect an exchange
- Intend to be intentional
- Plan to persist
Please take a moment to listen to the video. I have prayed over it with an aim towards your renewed belief in the power of His Word. God is Good.