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40 Days of Prayer: Day 24

I like sports talk shows. Well, I should be more specific. I like Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN radio. Mike Greenberg, the consummate nerd who distinguishes Robin as his favorite “superhero,” and Mike Golic, former NFL player, spend four hours every weekday morning discussing—sometimes arguing in jest about—sports. Each segment is full of opinions, speculation and vain attempts to predict the future. But it is very entertaining.

Some people would say that listening to two guys and their guests discuss sporting events that have already happened and ones that have yet to happen is simply a waste of time. And while I agree that the show has no impact on the games that are discussed it has value beyond influence. First, it makes me happy. Second, I find comfort in knowing that they are there like close friends who don’t know I exist. Third, I enjoy making my daughters listen to it. Their complaints are entertaining too!

Some people think that praying is like a sports talk show. There is a lot of talking about what has already happened and proposing what we would like to have happen, but it has no impact on the actual game of life. I admit that prayer may feel futile at times; yet, the Bible shows us that prayer directly influences the spiritual realm.

“10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
— Daniel 10:10-14 NIV

The Angel told Daniel that his prayer started a spiritual battle between the angels of light and darkness. He reassured Daniel that “since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard…” (v. 12b). Prayer is not a futile act. When we don’t have the answer yet let’s consider the battle raging on our behalf. Keep sending the prayers up.

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