Attitude of Prayer
“So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.”
Modern-day Christianity has been blessed with a plethora of books on prayer. iPad’s, ® Kindle’s, ® Nook’s, ® smartphones and Wi-Fi alike, afford believers opportunities of instant access to such books.
Not many books, however, have been written about attitudes believers should embrace toward prayer. Such books are limited and few and seemingly not as popular as books regarding prayer itself.
Amongst the backdrop of many others, Daniel 9:3 is but one portrait painted in Scripture revealing those attitudes believers should embrace toward prayer.
Fasting, sackcloth, and ashes accompanied Daniel in his prayer to God, and by doing so, the Holy Spirit evidences to us today those attitudes that we as believers should likewise embrace.
Fasting is self-sacrifice. When we pray, we need to exhibit the attitude of self-sacrifice. May God’s will be accomplished in our life, and may it become preeminent to our will being done. Sackcloth signifies the seriousness and weightiness of a matter. When we pray, we need to exhibit the attitude of the seriousness of prayer and that prayer in and of itself is a weighty matter. Therefore, those words we express to God (definition of prayer) should not be offered to Him lightly or lazily, because entering into the throne of grace is to be done boldly but with a woeful heart (Hebrews 4:16 and Isaiah 6:5). Ashes represent grief and mourning. When we pray, we need to exhibit the attitude of brokenness. We need to weep for the lost and mourn for that sin we commit and do not confess.
May your prayers and mine be laden-full with the attitudes of fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
Glory to God.