The moment you began praying, a command was given.
Daniel 9:23 NLT
Caveat: Our verse today is the first half of Daniel 9:23 and has been used as an excerpt for the purpose of today's specific message. It is highly recommended that you read the Bible in its entirety.
Prayer is simply defined as communicating with God. It doesn't have to be any more complicated than that. When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible tells us that the veil that separated the Holy of Holies (which was where God's presence resided) and the rest of the temple was torn. This signified that there was no more barriers to accessing God. Jesus' sacrificial death made it possible for us to be the very homes of God's presence. Jesus elevated us from carrying the Ark of the covenant to being the Ark of the covenant. Through Jesus, we have complete access to God. This was all God's choosing. Since the beginning of time, God has had every intention to bring us closer to Him including our very own earthly deaths.
Communicating with God is as real as communicating to anyone. When we speak to someone, don't we expect some form of reply? It is no different with God. This is the power of prayer. The moment we begin to speak to God, a command is given from heaven in our favor. Let that sink in. God doesn't begin to respond the following day or two months later. His very Word reveals to us how fast God responds to our prayers. It is vital to note that it may not be the answer you want but this does not mean God did not answer you. He may ask you to wait but let us realize that, that in itself is a response. God is good and always will be therefore even a response that may feel painful to accept is still good for us. Look at a child, for instance, who may want to play with a knife. A loving parent will warn the child and take away the knife which will cause the child to cry and feel like his/her happiness doesn't matter in that moment. However, it is because the parent loves the child that the knife was taken away. Catch the drift?
Friends, we are precious to God. His heart is full when we speak to Him. He loves to be consulted on the issues of life. He has a longing to be in constant communion with us. The very next line after our verse here today, states, " And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God." This was an angel sent by God who was speaking to Daniel. God clearly shows us, through this verse, that He wants more than anything to reveal Himself to us. I hope we can all walk in power knowing that we have full access to God in prayer and that He not only listens but responds. Be encouraged today!