Balanced Prayers


What does a balanced prayer life look like?

Daniel 6

God miraculously delivers Daniel from the lions' den.


Daniel is a man of prayer. He loves God deeply and God in turn shows Daniel mercy. We are told several interesting things about Daniel´s prayer life. Verse 13 says that he prays "three times a day." His prayers included giving thanks (v. 10) and "supplication" (v. 11)—that is, Daniel asks God for things for himself and others. If our prayers reflect the commitment and balance of Daniel, our relationship with the Lord will grow.


The Lord has given us the ability to communicate, and we praise Him for listening to our cries:

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation (Psalm 24:3-5).

Pause for praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day....
For Your name´s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great (Psalm 25:4-5, 11).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

As for me, I will walk in my integrity;
Redeem me and be merciful to me.
My foot stands in an even place;
In the congregations I will bless the Lord (Psalm 26:11-12).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • A joyful spirit
  • Safety and protection for loved ones
  • Your activities for the day

Offer this closing prayer to God:

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock (Psalm 27:4-5).

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