Book Review: The Daniel Prayer: Prayer that moves heaven and changes nations, by Anne Graham Lotz
Would you like your prayer life to be more than “Now I lay me down to sleep”? Would you like your prayers to go beyond, “God bless so-and-so”? Would you like to feel like your prayers are making a difference?
If your answer is, “Yes,” to any of these questions, then consider reading Anne Graham Lotz’ latest book, The Daniel Prayer: Prayer that moves heaven and changes nations.
Instead of socially conditioned small talk, The Daniel Prayer is a 911 call for urgent help. The Daniel Prayer is storming the gates of Heaven with what Eugene Peterson calls “reversed thunder”—praying God’s Word back to Him. It’s prayer that penetrates Heaven and impacts a nation. There is nothing professional or formulaic about it. It is passionate, heartfelt, laser-focused, soul-gripping, I-won’t-let-You-go-until-You-bless-me, pleading-until-you-get-an-answer kind of prayer.
The book and the title are based on Daniel 9 where Daniel intercedes for the city of Jerusalem. He confesses the sins of the nation and begs God to keep his promises and restore the nation back to the land following the 70-year exile. The author not only unpacks Daniel’s prayer, but also the prayers of Abraham, Jacob, Gideon, and other biblical characters.
As the author explains, this type of prayer is not an everyday type of prayer. It’s a prayer birthed under pressure. Heartache. Grief. Desperation. It can also be triggered by a sudden revelation of hope. An answer to prayer. A promise freshly received. Whether prayed out of tragedy or triumph, it is a prayer that brings results.
This is one of the better books on prayer that I have read. Having studied and taught Daniel 9 several times, I can attest to the author’s accuracy and insights. I appreciated her personal examples and stories of how she has put the principles in practice. The book is well worth reading and putting into practice.
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