Could it be that the themes of this prayer were the substance of what Daniel was praying about in chapter 6? If so, then he was doing far more than keeping his quiet time. Stimulated by God’s promises, he was interceding for God’s people. He knew that the only ground of his appeal was God’s mercy; but then that is the only basis on which any of us can appeal.Read More
What happens when we pray? Does prayer make a difference? Here, almost uniquely, we are taken behind the scenes and see how Daniel’s prayer is shaping events. A vision comes in response to his praying and Gabriel comes to tell him that his prayer has been heard and an answer is on its way.Read More prayer, perseverance, big-picture
Over the years of Christian mission abroad there have been harrowing tales of missionaries who faced danger and death. However no one could have had a more difficult assignment than Paul and his companions as they faced their enemies in Jerusalem. Paul tried to make them understand his strong roots in Jewish religion.Read More challenge, witness, conversion
When Canadian youth travel abroad they often have a small Canadian flag stitched to their knapsack. Canada has been known as a peaceful and welcoming country. Canadians assume that wherever they go they will be warmly received.
However, Canadian citizenship is for everyone born in Canada and for those who are granted citizenship after immigration.Read More discipleship, citizenship
We now see a Roman commander who takes a much greater interest in the controversy. This man, whose name we learn in 23:26 is Claudius Lysias, would have been the centurion, in charge of a thousand soldiers, stationed in Jerusalem and charged with keeping order.Read More wisdom, sharp-wittedness, self-defence, opportunity
One of the characteristics of a Spirit filled congregation is joyful thanksgiving and praise. Sometimes one hears the idea expressed “I come to church to hear the message – the rest is just preliminary.” Yes, but Psalm 100 instructs us to prepare our hearts and minds by “entering his gates” and his courts with thanksgiving and praise.Read More praise, joy, thanksgiving
Do you want to be considered a success? Deep down, I think every person does if they are honest with themselves. The problem is we know that in our culture success has become an idol. We talk about successful businessmen and successful careers in ways that make us envious and jealous.Read More wisdom, success, love, loyalty