Emails from Hotel Babylon

I am sitting here in Sparta enjoying, as Joan has explained to me, the convergence of the cold from the North meeting the warmth from the South over our heads today. Out one window I watch the garden grow, looking forward to the fruits of easy labor from the soil of the Mississippi Valley, while I listen to a musical birthday present from my youngest, Audra.

 

I came across a bible study I would like to tackle some day. It is located at Hotel Babylon. It brought back memories of my business days at Biblesoft as well as gave me justification for my interest in politics and world events. Here is a description of Daniel’s life leading to the importance of prayer 3 times a day for a hard working administrator:

 

Daniel’s prayers are about politics. He is preoccupied with the State he is

working for and also for the future of his own people now in exile. But his

scope is not at all pious and personal. He looks at the international stage,

depicts it as a series of titanic struggles between mythical beasts and in

doing so demonstrates a whole new way of looking at how countries

interact.

 

And here is a nice slicing together of the lesson learned from understanding Daniel’s needful prayer life:

 

The Daniel Day (but not Lewis) Plan

Morning

The urgent versus the important.

Start with what is important.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

1.What big picture stuff needs addressing today?

2. For whom are you responsible and what can you do today to fulfil that

responsibility and leave them better supported than this time yesterday?

3. For what are you responsible and what can you do today to fulfil that

responsibility and leave them better supported than this time yesterday?

4. Where do you see God’s kingdom and order coming in your life today?

5. Bring the important things you have identified to God. Pray them through

while watching for changes in their perceived importance and urgency.

Turning to the urgent

In your mind split the absolutely urgent (must be done today) from the rest.

How are you going to get the urgent done?

How can you stop new urgencies derailing the extreme urgent stuff you have

just identified?

Bring extreme urgent things in front of God. What does God perceive as

urgent? Why is this?

Pray them through while watching for changes in their perceived urgency.

Pray for the protection of the urgent to ensure that the urgent actually gets

done.

Prepare for the contingency of the urgent not getting done. What happens

next?

People

Pray for the people you have to deal with today with both the important

and the urgent things you have to do. What is important to them? What

urgencies will drive them? How does God feel about these? If God calls you

to be a person who serves and is merciful to others, how do you perceive

this working itself out today?

Evening review

Play back the day in your mind: what happened.

Play back the day as a history book. What was historic?

Play back the day as a list of activities: what important stuff got

accomplished

Play back the day as soap opera. Who were the main characters? How did

the plot develop? Did the day centre around you?

Play back the day as gospel. What was God up to? Where was God?

Pray first for situations brought to mind from the first playback

Pray next for the important stuff (cf Psalm 90:17 the prayer of Moses

Establishing the work you do) and diminishing the stuff that wasn’t helpful.

Pray next for the activity list asking God to help you judge whether what

needed to be done was done.

Pray for the people you were with today. Ephesians talks about God having

prepared the things we are to do. Pray about the scripts people have to

work to tomorrow as a consequence of what has happened today.

Pray about the increasing of God’s rule and kingdom as a consequence of all

the things that happened today good and bad.

 

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About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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