40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 16 – Review


In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.  So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. (Daniel 9:1 – 3)


Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  In our reviews of the Disciplines of Prayer and Fasting we learned a lot about the posture we should take to A World in Need.  Think about what you have learned, and if you have missed any of the days, you can catch up.

As you reflect on what you have learned, note in the passage above how Daniel turned to prayer and fasting in response to the political and spiritual situation in Jerusalem.  Please consider the suggestion and question below and ask God to help you to apply the lessons from His word to your life.



Think about practical ways you can make praying for the world a consistent part of your routine.  Note the suggestion provided by David Jordan on Day 11 (March 9th).  Do you have any suggestions to share?



2 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 16 – Review

  1. Many of us naturally and consistently pray for our friends and family. We also always pray for ourselves and our needs. If we make a commitment to keep in mind that there are always people in the world who are in need of the same things, and include them in our prayers, in time, praying consistently for the people of the world will be the norm in our prayer life.

    As I thought about other ways to pray for people of the world, I think about the fact that sometimes as I am out running errands, I see people that my heart goes out to. Sometimes it’s a homeless person on the street, or someone in the grocery store that looks a little bit sad, or the person on the side of the road holding a sign asking for help. If we decide to pray for these people every time we see them, I think we would eventually develop the habit.

  2. I always pray for others before myself. Sometimes for people I know who need help most times for others I will never meet. For my family and myself, I ‘wrap’ the Holy Spirit around them for protection. I feel it is important to protect even stronger when things are difficult to keep harm away. The Lord is with us.

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