70 weeks (Template for prayer, template for training)
Have you ever prayed for something for years and years without seeing concrete results? Is prayer simply wishful thinking? Do you view God as able to accomplish what He says He will do? How long do you have to wait?
I’ve prayed and prayed and questioned and questioned, still I pray. I pray because I believe. I believe when I can’t see it. I hope when I don’t feel it. I believe God. I hope in God.
It is my belief that effective prayer is joining in the perpetual conversation between Father, Son and Holy Spirit in divine communication. I want to pray effectively so I listen for what He is talking about. I look in His Word for His thoughts, His initiatives, His directives, in short, His will. I want to pray what He is praying.
It has been over fourteen years since I felt another one of those promptings in prayer. I was praying for a family member when I sensed the Holy Spirit “stamping” His word over him. The specific passage was found in Daniel 9:24.
Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
As I have prayed this passage I have gained fuller understanding as to the specific directives and promises that God set out for His people as He was calling them out of exile back to Himself.
In developing a two-year discipleship program for Sanctus School For Worshippers several years ago, I could not help but see beautiful parallels in this passage to what God would systematically accomplish in the lives of our students over the 35-week school year (times two equals 70 weeks!). I set out to align our curriculum into three 11 to 12 week stages each year and have been privileged to watch God do what He said He would do in the lives of those who set aside “Sanctus time” in cooperation with His plans for each of them.
Check back to learn more about each stage and how you can be specifically praying for our students and our school.
Finishing the Transgression (ending rebellion – heart)
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