Join me in the 10-day Daniel Challenge! – by Melody Mason

IMG_3604Daniel and his friends undoubtedly had been living peacefully in Jerusalem when suddenly their world forever changed.

The year was 605 B.C. and the forces of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had invaded Judah. As a result, Daniel and his friends were taken captive together with other strong talented youth from Jerusalem. Surprisingly, rather than being cast into prison or assigned to some forced labor camp, Daniel and his friends found themselves placed among the favored of Nebuchadnezzar, with even the king’s own food and drink placed before them.

However the Bible tells us: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).

At Daniel’s insistence, he and his friends were given a 10-day test on vegetables and water to see how they would do. We can imagine that they prayed earnestly during those 10 days, and God heard their cries.

The Bible tells us, “And at the end of 10 days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies” (Daniel 1:15).

Later, when brought before the King, they were found to be 10 times wiser than all the king’s worldly astrologers and wise men (see Daniel 1:17-20).

Just like Daniel, we too have been taken captive. We actually live in a world that has been under Babylonian siege — that of Satan — for more than 60 centuries. As a result, we are dealing with ravages of war on all sides, even in the church: failed marriages, broken homes, lost children, declining health, spiritual compromise, and much more. Yet our case is not hopeless for we serve a mighty God who is even now able to take what the enemy has meant for evil and turn it to good for His glory (Genesis 50:20).

Imagine if we, like Daniel and his friends, stood up and said: “I don’t want to compromise under this wicked kingdom. I want to prove God. I want to test His Word. I want to be faithful so that He can use me for His glory.”

For the last few years, I’ve made it a habit to start my New Year with what I call the “Daniel Challenge.” It’s a 10-21 day fast where I seek to put away all spiritual distractions (including regular food, media activities, etc) as I seek to refocus on going deeper in my walk with God. My life is richer as a result.

Join me in taking the “Daniel Challenge” today!

Melody Mason, is coordinator of United in Prayer

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We are currently in the midst of the 10 Days of Prayer for the world church which runs from January 6-16, 2016. If you aren’t already involved, it’s not too late to jump on board. In fact, even if your church isn’t following the 10 Days of Prayer, you can, like many others, still do 10 days of prayer on your own by incorporating the principles below. The timing for the 10 Days of Prayer is not so important as the fact that you make time do it.

Here’s 10 Tips to Help you get the Most out of the 10 Days of Prayer:

  1. Go on a Daniel’s fast – take the Daniel’s challenge: That means just simple fruits and vegetables. Some prefer to do natural juices during this time. Don’t be too legalistic about how you fast. Just simplify the best you can, keeping in mind that the less stimulants and refined products you ingest, the more clearly you can think and focus on God.
  2. Also it’s important to cut out all media. Turn off the Radio, TV, and all forms of electronic media and entertainment. Many will stay away from their social networks during this time, just to cut out unnecessary distractions.
  3. It’s very important that we dedicate extra time for prayer and Bible study during these 10 days. If you have certain burdens on your heart, give them to God and pray for them fervently, claiming His promises.
  4. If you aren’t involved in a church that’s participating in the 10 days of prayer, considering asking a friend or some family members to join you in special prayer each day. You can also call up random friends on the phone, and ask how you can pray for them.
  5. While meeting in person is always best, this isn’t always possible. Consider joining with others via a daily prayer call via the phone or Skype. For those in the United States, free conference call lines are available. Just type “free conference call” into your favorite search engine for more information. A new Adventist video service called flocktoc.com is also a great way to video chat and pray with friends and small groups.
  6. Another way to share prayer with your community is to take a friend and go door-to-door asking how you can pray for people. Some may turn you down, but many will be open to your prayers.
  7. Another creative way to bless others would be to write cards or notes of prayer and encouragement to different fellow church members or friends. With Internet and e-mail at our fingertips, we don’t write many regular letters or cards these days. Your words of courage and prayer could be just what someone needs to help them through.
  8. On the last day of the 10 Days of Prayer, some churches have chosen to hold a spiritual retreat or an agape feast sharing time and consecration service. If not participating with a church, you could do this on your own or with your family—just taking time for a special meal and sharing how God has been working in your life over the years. As we reflect on His blessings in the past, we can have hope for how He will continue to lead in the future. Be sure to seal the evening with a prayer of personal re-dedication.
  9. Other churches, on the final day of prayer, have started a 30-day intercessory prayer program where members were encouraged to pray for 30 days for three people who are not part of the congregation. You can do this on your own as well. As you pray for backslidden members or non-saved friends, make an extra effort to reach out to them, and let them know you care, maybe even invite them to your home or church for fellowship.
  10.  When you pray, even if alone, know that you are not alone, for you are joining thousands around the world also lifting up their hearts to God. And He promises to answer every sincere prayer. And if you want even greater blessings, don’t stop at 10 days. Go for 21, based on Daniel Chapter 10.

Dear Heavenly Father, as we take the 10-day Daniel Challenge, we pray that You would take us deeper in our walk with You. We don’t fast and pray just so that You will bless us. You aren’t a Genie in the sky just merely up in heaven waiting to cater to our wishes. We pray because we love You and we desperately need You to take control of our lives. In fact, we’d be lost without You. Forgive us when we get so distracted that we lose our hold on You. Forgive us for getting so occupied with superficial activities and pleasures that our minds become dull and we don’t hear Your still small voice. As we are in the first couple weeks of this New Year, we want to dedicate ourselves to You once again. We need Your Holy Spirit. Most of all, we need You! Thank You for hearing our prayers. Thank You for filling us with Your Spirit! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • Zanthia L. Elikplim

    God bless you Melody. The battle rages daily and now it is overt; we can see and feel it. While we live in the midst of these happenings and the truth of Christ’s imminent return, I pray God draw us closer to Himself, a place where sin cannot molest. Like David asked Him to “search” him, we avail our whole life; mind, body and soul for His search during these ten days and flush out any impurity from us.

    • Milkah

      Amen Sister!

    • Eunice Downer

      Amen. It’s my first try at this type of praying! I have started and I am having a fight with the enemy. Everything seems to be going wrong. My health has become a challenge, my prayers don’t seem to be going anywhere. I am at home not able to walk properly or even to stand straight. Please lift me up in prayer that I will not give up, inspite of what is happening. I live in Jamaica. Thank you.

      • Zanthia L. Elikplim

        Dear Sister Eunice,
        Thanks for sharing your condition with the worldwide church. You can be sure that the church, in United Prayer, will present you before the throne of God. God does not fail those who eagerly follow Him. Trust Him to take care of your current inconveniences. We are all praying with and for you. God bless.

        • Eunice Downer

          Thank you so much my sister! God bless.

      • Ofure Ukpebor

        I’ll be praying for you.
        Remember that “God holds the hands of His people” ~ Psalm 135:14.
        You are never alone.

      • Justina

        Hold onto God’s unchanging hands sister Eunice. God is more than capable of restoring your health. I have prayed for you and will continue to do so. Be blessed in Jesus Name amen.

      • Melodious Echo

        Hold on dear Eunice! The fact that things seem to be getting more complicated is an indication you are on the right track and the devil is angry. Even if you don’t feel like your prayers are going anywhere, they are! Jesus hears you!! Here’s a quote from Inspiration for you: “There is a mighty power in prayer. Our great adversary is constantly seeking to keep the troubled soul away from God. An appeal to heaven by the humblest saint is more to be dreaded by Satan than the decrees of cabinets or the mandates of kings. The enemy holds many of you from prayer, by telling you that you do not feel your prayers, and that you would better wait until you realize more of the spirit of intercession, lest your prayers should be a mockery. But you must say to Satan, “It is written” that “men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” We should pray until we do have the burden of our wants upon our souls; and if we persevere, we shall have it. The Lord will imbue us with His Holy Spirit. The Lord knows, and the Devil knows, that we cannot resist the temptations of Satan without power from on high. For this reason the evil one seeks to hinder us from laying hold upon Him who is mighty to save. Our Lord made it our duty, as well as our privilege, to connect our weakness, our ignorance, our need, with His strength, His wisdom, His righteousness. He unites His infinite power with the effort of finite beings, that they may be more than victors in the battle with the enemy of their souls. Let no one be discouraged, for Jesus lives to make intercession for us. There is a heaven to gain, and a hell to escape, and Christ is interested in our welfare. He will help all those who call upon Him.” from the compilation PRAYER, p. 267-268 by Ellen White (I’ve just prayed for you as well!)

        • Eunice Downer

          Oh thank you Melodious Echo, for this beautiful inspirational quote! I am blessed by it and thanks for praying. God bless.

      • Caylin Solomon

        I will most definitely remember you in my prayers! When we lift out our hearts to God, the enemy comes with his attacks. .”Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” “When then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things…Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?… Yet in all these things we r more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Read the whoLe of Romans 8. God bless!!!

        • Eunice Downer

          God bless you Sister Caylin for your words of encouragement. Romans 8 is such a blessing! Have a wonderful day.

      • Xola

        mmmmm praying for you.

    • Justina

      May God help us all to be flushed of all impurities in Jesus Name amen.

    • Rosalia

      Amen

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Dike Emmanuel

    Amen. Help us Lord to be Daniels of our time.

  • Diego Aizaga

    Thank you Melody for this material. Really it is too necessary to grow in faith and spiritual experience daily. God bless you and this program in all of the world and His gospel reaches because “When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.”

  • Justina

    Thank you Sister Melody, let us continue to pray for our churches. Please remember our unsaved relatives and friends.

  • Bola

    The name of the Lord be blessed. I thank the Lord I am alive today I learnt of this Daniel prayer and I have joined today. It is good to be in His presence. I suffered terrible persecution from the enemy last year but the Lord is faithful He makes a way of escape. kindly remember me and my daughter in prayers that God will not forsake us He has helped us thus far we still lift up our eyes unto Him from where our help come from. If not for the Lord we would have been consumed but His mercy is new every morning . Bless the name of the Lord all His saints.

    • tsholofelo

      Amen sister. I will pray for you and your daughter.

    • Eunice Downer

      Amen. I will pray for younand your daughter!

  • Carol B

    We have had a good group each night for 10 days of prayer. Last night we had 23 praying people. We are meeting in different people’s homes to pray. Many are being blessed and feel the bond through this. Praise God!

  • Kayreen kufa

    Just received an SOS prayer request by an adventist family whose 12 year old daughter has gone missing here in London.
    Please join us in praying for her safety and her family
    Bleesings

    • Kayreen kufa

      Praise the lord We have been informed that she returned home safely

  • Rosalia

    Amen Melody and thank you so much for your inspiring stories, testimonies and prayers . I am a conquer thru Him who conquered.

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen, To God Be the Glory…I Praise the LORD for being part of these 10 Days of Prayer Program. Awesome and very powerful, the first night we have embarked with this program in our home church we have 42 people altogethers, leaders and members of the church with 1 one non Adventist. We have branch out this program to our 3 small company churches in the rural area as well, one company church just started yesterday and the final one will be commencing theirs tomorrow all through Gods Grace. I have started this program for my family as well. And I am praying to embark on this program with my neighbourhood families as well all to be of Gods service. Please pray for us and we are praying for you all as well. Love you all

    • tsholofelo

      Let the light shine Letty. We thank God for the 10 days of prayer and your testimony encourages me to expand as you do. May God bless you.

  • tsholofelo

    I thank God for He see, ks to be with us at all times and I thank Him for calling us to the Daniel fast. I am glad to learn about it and have joined since yesterday. I look forward to being in His presence and knocking at His chambers like Daniel did. Thank you sister Mason. May God bless you.

  • Pearl

    What an inspiring message, thank you Mason. Please I need God’s intervention in my family.

  • okal

    Sometimes i wonder what the colour of comfort is, am ever standing before mighty painful challenges, but good news, all those seemingly impossible red sea barriers, i have ever found myself on the other side safe and refreshed. my spiritual target is ever high as set by Christ, looking at my strength i only see my weakness. I have discovered to focus on the strength of my savior Jesus. but it has to be my perpetual prayer. Thanking him for what he has done in the past which gives me the impetus and confidence.