30 Life Principles to Live By from Dr. Charles Stanley, Day 17

Standing Tall and Strong Through Prayer

Life Principle 17: We stand tallest and strongest on our knees.

Prayer is a very powerful tool for believers—through it, the Lord blesses us and frees us from bondage. In prayer, we profess our need of Christ and ask for His solution to our problems. We also learn to worship Him and grow spiritually in His loving presence.

As we spend time with Him, God lovingly teaches us how to communicate with Him and listen for His still, small voice. Through it all, we grow deeper in our relationship with Him.

There are several things essential to establishing a powerful prayer life:

1. A Definite Time—Choose a specific time to meet with the Lord in prayer. Early in the morning or late in the evening is not the issue. Consistency is key! Ask God to show you the perfect time to meet with Him.

2. A Specific Place—Select a place where you can be alone with Him. Although you may be limited as to where you can go to have time alone with the Lord, He’ll provide the perfect place for you to seek Him.

3. A Commitment to Pray—Commit to pray daily. Let God know your heart is open and you want to learn more about Him and what He has planned for you.

4. A Journal for Requests and Answers—Keep a journal of any requests and how God answers your prayers as a continuing testimony of His work in your life. Write down specific verses that He applies to your situation and the promises He gives you from His Word.

Always remember God is bigger than any problem you face. The distance between your success and failure (or your victory and defeat) is the distance between your knees and the floor as you kneel before the Savior in surrendered prayer. You’re never taller or stronger than when you’re on your knees in prayer! God knows the way before you, and He can guide you through any difficulty if you will only trust Him.

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.

Daniel 6:10-11 NIV

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