Jody finishes the study of Daniel with a review and summary.
Lord, why do my prayer times most often focus on me—myself? I would like to be more outward.
So, began an entry in my journal. Have you ever felt the same way? As I thought about the question, I realized that the outward always begins with the inward. Obstacles in my inner world can be like rocks, all jammed together and wedged to impede the flow of compassion and purpose. Don’t be concerned that your prayers begin with your heart. To have a clear heart is to release the flow of living water.
The enemy would plug the well with rocks of uncertainty and fear. God’s work in, for, and through you loosens the impediments. Do you remember when the Father said to Jesus, “You are my beloved son”? It was from those words that Jesus did all the works that His Father gave Him to do. If His heart had been wedged shut with fear, uncertainty and self-hatred, Jesus would never have been able to respond with obedience to the interruptions. opportunities and human needs. The springs of life came out pure and free because He moved confidently in His Father’s love.
That can be true of you, too. In prayer, you can ask your Father to remove the rocks so you can respond from a place of confidence. God may not always tell you in advance what He will do, but He will prepare you to hear and see by helping you clear the well of your heart.
The journey through Daniel is nearing an end as we move into chapter 12.
Jody gets to the end of Chapter 11, where there have been veins of revelation for moderns, Some chapters just need a little extra attention!
Jody spends yet another week in Chapter 11. This episode emphasizes standing fast through suffering and hard times. Things don’t always go as we would like, so how will you handle it when trouble is ahead? Daniel 11 gives some insight.
The second part of Jody’s exploration of Daniel, Chapter 11. In some ways, it feels like a travelogue about a land you’ve never visited. Still, there are treasures to be found in this, one of the last chapters of the remarkable book of Daniel. (Notes and workbook are available at the “Notes” tab above).