As we journey through the book of Daniel this Fall, we are clinging to one core truth: our God reigns. He has not slipped from his throne. 2020 has not caught him by surprise. He rules over all things at all times for his glory and the good of his people, despite what circumstances might lead us to believe.
Yet even as he reigns, every person is continually faced with questions of allegiance. With my time, money, priorities and in my relationships - will I submit to his reign or resist it? Will I be a part of making his kingdom known on earth or will I hide it? The story of Daniel is the story of real people facing those questions in real time. Some submit to God’s reign and experience his faithfulness. Some resist it and are humbled.
We are daily presented with opportunities to demonstrate allegiance to Christ or to ourselves. It’s no wonder then that Jesus teaches us to pray “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
This week, we will come before the throne of God each day and ask that his reign would be made known in and through our lives. Use the Scriptures and prayer points below to help inform your prayers each day, inviting God to extend his good rule and reign in your heart and to the ends of the earth.
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! … Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit" (Psalm 51:1–2, 10-12).
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:14–15, 22-24).