At the beach my favorite “treat” is to sit by the edge of the ocean reading in my lawn chair with my feet bathed by the gentle foaming waves. My book of choice this year was “The Daniel Prayer” by Anne Graham Lotz.
Anne wrote that through the example of Daniel in the Bible, one person’s prayer can make a difference in a nation. I committed to praying Daniel’s prayer (from Daniel 9) every day while I was at the beach. I admired Daniel’s example of “giving thanks in every circumstance” even during 70 years of captivity. I felt convicted and confessed my lack of gratitude in my own temporary “captivity” in my home.
While I was reading, I flipped back to refer to the footnotes and noticed the Postscript page simply had one scripture: “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven.” (2 Chron. 7:1) I stopped, stunned… yet thankful for God’s personal touch; pondering… I had been praying this verse for a month.
I was asking God to send the “fire” of His Spirit in greater ways upon me, my family, my city, my state and nation. Yet God had been allowing me to see the “fire” has been not only of God’s Spirit, but also His judgment. Our nation has turned our back on God, and we are seeing the consequences through the removal of His blessings and protection. Unprecedented floods, fires, and sadly, mass executions like in Orlando. (Our hearts are heavy for all those affected by these circumstances.) My thoughts were affirmed as I continued to read “The Daniel Prayer”.
After our relaxing afternoon on the beach, one of my other favorite “treats” is eating dinner out! (It’s a nice break from the kitchen and I enjoy seafood!) On our way to the restaurant, we heard a few claps of thunder. We chose to wait and eat outside overlooking the sound, the storm didn’t seem threatening. All of the sudden, the brightest, blue light caught my eye, like someone taking a picture with a thousand watt light bulb! Out of nowhere – BOOM! A lightning strike that made our hair stand on end! Kind of eerie… Strangers and family alike, we all were shocked at the powerful electricity. Five minutes later… BOOM!! Again… powerful, like we’ve never experienced before… strike number two about 50 yards away.
The restaurant quieted down, and we enjoyed our hushpuppies and shrimp on the porch as the sun broke through the clouds and landed on my face. I light-heartedly said, “Ha! The reverent fear we felt from the lightning bolts must have been similar to what it was like for the Israelites in the Old Testament when God invited them to come worship at the top of the mountain. They were probably thankful that God command Moses to come alone! (Exodus 24)
Pondering the power of the bolts, the next day my daughter’s boyfriend said, “Wow!” Those lightning strikes were kinda like the cover of the book your reading.” I emphatically agreed. If we could comprehend the awesome power of God and the reverence due Him!
I wrote about God’s personal “touch” in my journal the next morning. I noticed the dates was June 12th. What’s so amazing about the lightning strikes on June 12th? June 12th was the day to commemorate Pentecost – 50 days after Passover.
I prayed… Daniel’s prayer… forgiveness for my own sin, our nation’s sin,and God responded in a dramatically, tangible way. It’s time for personal and national repentance before God’s patience with America becomes obsolete.
Are you looking for answers in such a critical time in our country? Join me in reading and praying “The Daniel Prayer”. Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened…”