What Made Daniel Different?

There are certain people who I am simply drawn to. I love reading their writings or hear them speak. These are people who have touched something of God that inspires me or draws me to Him. When I read their writings I realize they have something I want; an intimacy that I cry out for.

I’m thinking of Jessie Penn-Lewis. She was a Welsh evangelical speaker and author in the early 1900’s. I love her writings. Then there is Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. They are both exciting examples of Faith lived in “real life.” Then there is a more modern author and speaker, Beth Moore. I first read her book, “90 Days With Jesus, the One and Only.” As soon as I opened the book I was drawn into it and simply absorbed her teachings. Just after I read the first few pages I said, “She has an intimacy with our Father that I want to experience.” Since that time I have read other studies from Moore, and listened to her lessons online and on TV.

Well, the same is true for many of the Bible characters. Certainly many of them weren’t all that honorable, but many times you run across someone who exemplified Righteousness. Case in point is Daniel. I was reading the book of Daniel lately and saw a dimension of Faith and devotion I want to have. In the first few verses he said: “I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I prayed to the Lord my God, and made my confession” (Daniel 9:3–4). As a result of his submission and passion, Daniel was able to recognize the needs of the times he lived in, because he knew God’s heart. “I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years” (Daniel 9:2).

What was it that stimulated this in Daniel? How did he reach this path of brokenness, knowledge and discernment? Well, it began with his study of God’s Word. Daniel allowed the Scriptures to lay hold of him fully. And he quoted them often and at length, because he’d hidden them away in his heart: “As it is written in the law . . .” (Daniel 9:13).

In chapter 10, he even received a vision of Christ, “I lifted up my eyes . . . and saw a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz . . . and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire . . . and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude” (10:5–6).

This morning I will be a little more insistent with you. From the bottom of my heart I urge you, I implore you, to set your heart today to seek God with all diligence and determination. Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force as if it was a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion” (Matthew 11:12)

Go to his Word with ever-increasing love and desire. Pray with fasting for brokenness, to receive his burden. Confess and forsake everything that hinders the Holy Spirit from opening heaven’s blessings to you. The path of “men of another sort” is open to everyone. Pursue it with all your energy.

This kind of life brings the touch of God. Daniel testified, “I heard his voice. At the sound of it I fainted, fell flat on the ground, face in the dirt. A hand touched me and pulled me to my hands and knees” (Daniel 10:9-10). The word for “touched” here means “to violently seize upon.” Daniel was saying, “God grabbed me, and put me on my face. His touch gave me an urgency to seek him with all that’s in me.”

This will happen anytime God touches someone’s life. That person falls to his knees and becomes a man or woman of prayer, driven to seek the Lord. Someone said of Leonard Ravenhill that when he walked into a room it was like a Holy presence came into the room. “At eighty-two, Leonard still spoke with fire and conviction, and it felt like his eyes were piercing right through to my soul.” (If you want to read an amazing description of a “man of God,” read about Leonard Ravenhill).

There have been many times when I wondered why God touches only certain people with this urgency. Why do some believers become hungry seekers after him, while other believers—faithful and sincere followers of Christ—go their way? God-touched servants have an intimate relationship with the Lord. They receive revelations from heaven. And they enjoy a walk with Christ that few others do.

In “Why Revival Tarries,” Leonard Ravenhill said, “No man is greater than his prayer life.” Why did God lay his hand on Daniel and touch him as he did? Why was this one man able to see and hear things no one else could? He declares, “Only I, Daniel, saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide” (Daniel 10:7).

God needed a voice to speak his message. He wanted a praying servant, someone who would respond faithfully to his calling. Daniel was that man. He’d been praying devoutly three times a day. And now, as he walked along the river, Christ revealed himself to him: “I, Daniel, was the only one to see this. The men who were with me, although they didn’t see it, were overcome with fear and ran off and hid, fearing the worst. Left alone after the appearance, abandoned by my friends, I went weak in the knees, the blood drained from my face. I heard his voice. At the sound of it I fainted, fell flat on the ground, face in the dirt. A hand touched me and pulled me to my hands and knees” (10:7-10)

God made Daniel his spokesman because: Daniel never let up in prayer (see Daniel 10:2–3).He grieved over the spiritual decline in his society and the church (see Daniel chapter 9). and Daniel refused to harbor or hide any sin (Daniel 9:4–5).

Oh Father, I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. I desire to see you my Lord. Start a fire in me, and let the flames run free. Burn away the dross in my heart with the Holy fire of God.

Let it begin, let it be new, let me be used for Your sake, bringing glory to Your Name. Father, I can live knowing that You reside in my heart. Oh Lord, You are the fire. You are the fire of God.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

 

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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

(I send out messages like this each morning in emails, and if you are interested in receiving them, send me your email address and I will add you to the list: Mail List)

I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.

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