A couple of years ago I studied the book of Daniel with the Bible study group that I’m a part of. During that time, I became impressed, and sometimes overwhelmed with how righteous of a man Daniel was. One of the things that had impressed me during my study of Daniel was the lengthy and humble prayer of repentance in Daniel chapter nine. So, when I received the opportunity to review The Daniel Prayer: Prayer that Moves Heaven and Changes Nations, I was hoping to find a thorough and interesting examination of this prayer.
In this book, Lotz examines the prayer from the standpoint of encouraging others to pray prayers for themselves and their country in the manner that Daniel prayed for his. She talks about her sense of impending judgment for the United States for the sins that Americans have committed against God’s morals, against Israel and against unborn children. Then, she reminds leaders that the answer isn’t a political one or one that can be solved by laws. Instead, the only thing that can solve America’s problems is a return to prayer and to repentance.
After this section, Lotz examines how to prepare for praying by making the commitment, the compulsion to pray and being centered on God and his word in prayer. Then, they’re a section on pleading in prayer, followed by sections on answered prayer. The final section of the book provides patterns for prayers and model prayers for the reader to follow, as well as an examination of the armor of God and how prayer is related to the armor.
This book wasn’t really what I was looking for. I was looking for a more detailed examination of the prayer, and this is a book that is more applicational, and perhaps even devotional in nature. It’s an enjoyable read, with lots of advice on prayer and many anecdotes from Lotz’s life discussing prayer in her life. I found this to be interesting and entertaining. I especially enjoyed reading, near the end of the book, how Lotz had laid out a “golden fleece” in making some staff selections and how she had practically done that.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.