While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sins and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before Yahweh my God concerning the holy mountain of my God – while I was praying, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the first vision, came to me in my extreme weariness, about the time of the evening offering. Daniel 9:20-21 HCSB
Have you ever really prayed urgently and with passion? I can remember several years ago praying for our daughter, Sarah, with that type of fervency. I received a phone call from my wife telling me that Sarah had been involved in an auto accident and the emergency medical technicians were putting her in an ambulance to take her to the hospital. I was attending a conference three and half hours away from home. As I made the long drive home, I prayed for my daughter to be healed of her injuries. I arrived at the hospital to discover that my daughter had three compressed vertebrae, a broken nose, a sprained knee, and a broken orbit around her eye that later had to be repaired with surgery. I don’t believe I have ever prayed as hard and as fervently as I did that day. Sarah will always have the effects of that terrible accident that was not her fault, but she has healed as much as possible and is currently a stay at home mom for our grandson, Logan, and is expecting another child
in February of next year.
Each day Daniel fervently prayed confessing not only his sins but the sins of others. He took his requests to God. We have the same privilege to take our petitions and requests to God. He wants to have a conversation with you and earnestly seeks to have a relationship with you.
Challenge: Make a list of your requests and petitions. Take these before God in prayer, seeking His will to be done in each situation. Thank God that you can take your requests to Him and that He hears your prayers.