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Introduction:

I. Teaching as established within scripture on spending extended time alone with God in prayer.
Project #1—Complete the Scripture memory project at the end of this study before beginning the workbook phase. Your passage for this chapter is
Colossians 4;2 and Isaiah 62:6, 7.
Project #2—Each morning complete the daily meditation section at the end of this chapter. Meditation on these passages from the Psalms will be of great value in gaining a fuller insight not only in the study itself, but also in effecting application.
Quiet Time Passages: Psalm 73:25-28 Psalm 63:1-3 Psalm 27:8 Psalm 27:4 Psalm 42:1- 2 Psalm 84:8-12 Psalm 65:4
A. Introduction: In approaching this subject it is essential that we differentiate between spending extended time alone with God and extended time with God in general.
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The former is occupied solely by prayer while the latter is filled with varied spiritual pursuits such as Christian tapes, biographies, Bible reading, Scripture memory, etc. This workbook is devoted to bringing the disciple to the point where he is able to spend extended time alone with God in prayer and prayer alone.
devoted to bringing the disciple to the point where he is able to spend extended time alone with God in prayer and prayer alone.
In so doing the disciple will learn that it is true that we will not get to do as much in a week if we had not this time in prayer, but it is equally true that in the long run, more will get done and of a higher quality. In the final analysis, extended time alone with God in prayer is the truest test of what we believe, who we believe in and ultimately in what or who we place our trust.
Cannon Liddon states, “The great masters and teachers of Christian doctrine have always found prayer their highest source of illumination. Not to go beyond the limits of the English church, it is recorded of Bishop Andrews that he spent five hours daily on his knees. The greatest practical results have enriched and beautified human life in Christian times has been arrived at in prayer.” Most Christians, however, panic at the thought of praying one short public prayer. Few pray regularly at a given time. Far fewer approach that magical number of one hour in prayer.
a. How then do you react to the thought of spending a full day in prayer?
b. Have you ever attempted to spend a long time in prayer and failed? Share this experience in the space below.
c. Why do you think people spend so little time in prayer?
d. What is the longest you have spent?
1) Talking on the phone
2) Visiting with a friend?
3) Visiting and talking while traveling?
4) Sitting up at night discussing an important issue?
5) Watching a late movie?
6) Praying?
e. Do you feel that God desires you to spend longer times with Him in prayer? __Yes ___ No.
1) If yes, why is God’s desire not enough to motivate you?
2) Why is it that you are willing to spend time with friends, school, or business acquaintances talking for long hours, but are unwilling to give the same time to God?
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2) Why is it that you are willing to spend time with friends, school, or business acquaintances talking for long hours, but are unwilling to give the same time to God?
f. Is there a sin here that needs to be confessed? ___Yes ___No. (Laziness, Unbelief, Greed - Working too much, etc)
1) If yes what is it?
2) What acts of repentance will God now expect you to apply to your life as His disciple?
3) Spend time now confessing your sins as revealed thus far before going on. In theSpace below record your thoughts after having done this.
3) Spent time now confessing your sins as revealed thus far before going on. In the Space below record your thoughts after having done this.
B. The Scriptures give specific doctrinal teachings on the subject of spending extended time alone with God in prayer and these will now be considered. The disciples is, however, reminded that if his problem is that of a hard or cold heart toward God, then this must be dealt with first.
Wesley, a great man of prayer, word, and action, stated: “Orthodoxy or right opinion is, at best, a very slender part of religion. Though right tempers cannot subsist without right opinions, yet right opinions may subsist without right tempers. There maybe a right opinion of God without either love or one right temper toward Him. Satan is a proof of this.”
A. W. Tozer speaks in a similar vein: “The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”
It is the same with this study; all the knowledge in the bible will not aid you if you do not love God enough to obey Him in all that you learn from the following pages. Return to prayer and seriously take your heart before God before continuing. Ask God to break you and pledge to Him your lifelong devotion as evidenced by a zeal and willingness to spend extended time with Him in prayer. He is the Master, you the disciple; he the lover, you the love; He waiting, you hastening to spend extended time alone with Him in prayer.
1. Read
Isaiah 62:6–7 KJV 1900
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, Which shall never hold their peace day nor night: Ye that make mention of the Lord, Keep not silence, And give him no rest, Till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Isaiah 62:6–7 KJV 1900
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, Which shall never hold their peace day nor night: Ye that make mention of the Lord, Keep not silence, And give him no rest, Till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
OT Cross Reference _Eze. 3:17-21; 33:2-9;_Isa 56:10____NT Cross Reference_Eph. 4:11-12; :17____.
a. In the space below, write the key thought of each verse.
1) Isaiah 62:6 _______________________________________________________.
2) Isaiah 62:7 _______________________________________________________.
b. In the space below, paraphrase the passage in your own words.
1) 62:6
2) 62:7
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c. There is a literal picture of something taking place in this passage. What is it?
d. From vs. 6:
d. From vs. 6:
1) Who has appointed the watchmen?
2) What is their job description?
3) Who has ordained this job description?
e. From vs. 7:
1) What does God command us to do to Him?
2) Why does God command this? What does God desire the watchmen to rouse Him to do?
f. What understanding of the relationship between God’s actions and prayer can be made from this passage?
g. What practical application could be made from this passage?
1) Passage: _________________________
2) Date: ___________________________
3) Attitude to be changed:
4) Sin to be repented of:
5) Act of repentance:
6) Corresponding act of obedience:
2. Read
Luke 11:5–9 KJV 1900
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
OT Cross Ref._______________ NT Cross Ref.________________.
The context of this passage is 11:1 where the disciples have asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In response to this request, Jesus does three things.
First He gives them an example and with it a simple tool or skill in verses 2-4.
Secondly in verses 5-8, He gives them an illustration of the use of this tool through a parable or story.
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Thirdly in verses 9-13, he gives doctrinal teachings. Many aspects of prayer are presented here by Christ, but in verses 5-9, we find specific application to our topic.
gives doctrinal teachings. Many aspects of prayer are presented here by Christ, but in verses 5-9, we find specific application to our topic.
a. In the space below, write the key thought of each verse.
1) Luke 11:5 ___________________________________________________
2) Luke 11:6 ____________________________________________________
3) Luke 11:7 ____________________________________________________
4) Luke 11:8 ____________________________________________________
5) Luke 11:9 ____________________________________________________
b. In the space below, paraphrase the passages in your own words.
1) Luke 11:5-6
2) Luke 11:7
3) Luke 11:8
4) Luke 11:9
c. The lesson:
1) The Cast—There are three individuals addressed in this parable. Who are they?
a)
b)
c)
c)
2) Setting the Scene—What is the situation we are to visualize? Describe it in detail as You visualize it in your mind’s eye.
3) Lights, Camera, Action—The scene comes quickly to a climax. Roll the cameras, Set the players in motion. What happens?
3) Lights, Camera, Action—The scene comes quickly to a climax. Roll the cameras, Set the players in motion. What happens?
4) The Climax:
a) What is the final result of this little drama?
4) The Climax: a) What is the final result of this little drama?
b) Why?
b) Why?
5) Application:
a) Who does the cast represent?
Cast Actual Person
(1) __________________ _____________________
(2) __________________ _____________________
(3) __________________ _____________________
b) What type of prayer is this a teaching on?
c) What is God’s application in verse 9?
d) Given the context, how are we to presuppose He wants us to go about this?
d. Summary:
Dr. W. E. Vine states of this passage: “If shameless persistence can obtain action from a neighbor, then certainly earnest prayer will receive our Father’s answer. We are given here by God permission to move Him to action by our persistence. This is not an illustration of God’s character. The emphasis is not on the friend’s action, but on you; e.g., “persistence.” Persistence ANAIDIA (335) (1 time in New Testament) Vine’s – shamelessness.
Vincent – A very striking word to describe persistence. God here directs our thoughts to our character in prayer; e.g., shameless persistence. It is not revealed here why this is necessary persistence. It is not revealed here why this is necessary, only that it is.
What practical application, then, could be made from this passage?
1) Passage: _____________________________________________________
2) Date: _______________________________________________________
3) Attitude Change:
4) Sin to be repented of:
5) Act of repentance:
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6) Corresponding act of obedience:
3. Read
Luke 18:1–8 KJV 1900
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
OT Cross Ref. ________________NT Cross Ref._______________
a. The context of this passage is again a teaching on prayer. But this time it is Christ who initiates the teaching. His desire is to teach that “at all times they ought to pray and not lose heart.” The Greek here emphasizes first the pressing importance of prayer: Vincent – “with reference to its being necessary always to pray.” – And secondly, that in doing so we not be quitters. The term “lose heart” is interpreted by Vincent as “to turn coward.” We have here a lesson then on constant, courageous prayer. In the space below, write the key thought of each verse.
1) Luke 18:1 _____________________________________________________________
2) Luke 18:2 _____________________________________________________________
3) _____________________________________________________________
4) _____________________________________________________________
5) Luke 18:5 _____________________________________________________________
6) Luke 18:6 _____________________________________________________________
7) Luke 18:7 _____________________________________________________________
8) Luke 18:8 _____________________________________________________________
b. In the space below, paraphrase the passages in your own words.
1) 18:1
2) 18:2-5
3) 18:6
4) 18:7-8
4) 18:7-8
c. The Lesson:
1) The Cast—There are three individuals addressed in this parable. Who are they?
a) _____________________________________________________________
b) _____________________________________________________________
c) _____________________________________________________________
2) Setting the Scene—What is the situation we are to visualize?
Describe it in detail as you visualize it in your mind’s eye.
3) Lights, cameras, action—The scene comes quickly to a climax.
Roll the cameras, set the players in motion. What happens?
3) Lights, cameras, action—The scene comes quickly to a climax. Roll the cameras, set the players in motion. What happens?
4) The Climax—
a) What is the final result of this biblical drama?
b) Why?
5) Application:
a) Who does the cast represent?
Cast Actual Person
(1) ______________________ _____________________
(2) ______________________ _____________________
(3) ______________________ _____________________
b) On what type of prayer is this teaching?
c) What is God’s application in verses 6-8?
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d. Summary:
We have here again an illustration by God of the need of extended time alone with Him in prayer. We are challenged when we think of faith and prayer to “Hear what the unrighteous judge says;” e.g., by her “continual coming she wore me out.” We have here a challenge from God to treat Him as the widow did the unrighteous judge. He desires His elect to “cry to Him day and night” and closes with the reflective thought: “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” e.g. will He find men and women crying to God “day and night” as did the widow to the judge?
Vincent states of this contrast of the judge and God: “The judge delays through indifference. God delays also, or seems to delay, in order to try His children’s faith, or because His purpose is not ripe; but He too will do justice to the supplicant.”
God’s desire for us then, is the exercise of our faith through persisting prayer. Prayer which is persistent and courageous even in the face of the seeming unjustness of life and the overpowering presence of an opponent. We are not to give into unjustness, but rather cry to God. We are to “bother” Him at His request. Now turn your thoughts to practical applications and fill in the questions below.
1) Passage: ______________________________________________
2) Date: _________________________________________________
3) Attitude Change: ________________________________________
4) Sin to be repented of: _____________________________________
5) Act of repentance: _______________________________________
6) Corresponding act of obedience: ____________________________
4. Read
Colossians 4:2 KJV 1900
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
OT Cross Ref. _____________ NT Cross Ref. ______________
Paul here is giving his final words to the Colossians; e.g., a closing statement, and he begins it with this advice: “Devote yourselves to prayer.” We have then a teaching here on one’s commitment to the act of prayer.
a. In the space below, write the key thought of this verse.
b. In the space below, paraphrase this verse in your own works.
c. Key Words:
1) Devote:
a) Greek _________________________(4342) (10 times in NT)
b) Greek Reference Work and Definition
b) Greek Reference Work and Definition
c) Secular Reference Work and Definition
d) Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament -
“To give constant attention to a thing, to persevere, to wait continually upon, to be in constant readiness for.”
“To give constant attention to a thing, to persevere, to wait continually upon, to be in constant readiness for.”
2) Alert:
a) Greek _________________________(1127) (23 times in the NT)
b) Greek Reference Work and Definition.
c) Secular Reference Work and Definition
c) Secular Reference Work and Definition
d) Wuest:
“To give strict attention to, to be active, to take heed lest through remissness and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one.”
e) Lightfoot:
Lightfoot: “Long continuance in prayer is oft to produce listlessness. Hence, the additional charge that the heart must be awake, if the prayer is to have any real value.” d. Summary:
“Long continuance in prayer is oft to produce listlessness. Hence, the additional charge that the heart must be awake, if the prayer is to have any real value.”
d. Summary:
We have then a picture of not simply one who prays on a regular basis, but one who prays with such intensity and for such periods that it requires both devotion and alertness. The picture of a mother watching over her feverish child compares with a picture of spending extended time alone with God in prayer. This type of prayer is the type commanded here. In response to this command, the disciple is forced to come to a decision. The application form below is meant to be a tool in aiding you to face up to the reality of Gods expectations concerning discipleship and prayer.
1) Passage: ____________________________________________________
2) Date: _______________________________________________________
3) Attitude: _____________________________________________________
4) Sin to be repented of:
5) Act of repentance:
6) Corresponding act of Obedience
5. Read
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV 1900
Pray without ceasing.
OT Cross Ref._________ NT Cross Ref.________________
Here we again have closing advice by Paul to the church. When he gets to prayer, he does not simply ask for regular prayer, but ceaseless prayer.
a. In the space below, give the key thought of this verse.
b. In the space below, write out a paraphrase of this verse in your own words.
c. Key Word:
1) Without ceasing:
a.) Greek _____________________(89) (4 times in NT)
b.) Greek Reference Work and Definition
c.) Secular Reference Work and Definition.
d.) Vincent’s Word Studies in the New Testament “unceasing”
d. Turn to Psalm 71:8. How does David apply this same principle?
e. Turn to Psalm 27:4. How does this passage relate to 1 Thess. 5:17?
f. Does this passage say anything about an attitude of prayer as opposed to actual prayer? _________Yes _________No. What does it say?
g. Summary:
The word means not only regular, but also has the connotation of duration. In this same word is used by Paul about his memories of the Thessalonians which would not just be frequent, but also long and full. Thus, God Desires not merely frequent prayers from us but also long and full prayers. Just as in where David speaks of daylong, ceaseless meditation, so Paul exhorts us to these same types of prayer. Many have sought to soften the exhortation of this passage, but I would encourage it be taken at its face value. How than can the disciple apply this verse without violating all previous rules he has employed to understand scriptures? Complete the questions below as you meditate through this.
1) Passage: _____________________________________________
2) Date: _________________________________________________
3) Attitude Change:
4) Sin to be repented of:
5) Act of repentance:
6) Corresponding act of obedience:
6. Read
1 Timothy 5:5 KJV 1900
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
OT Cross Ref.____________ NT Cross Ref. _______________
Here we see revealed the heart of the person who spends extended time alone with God in prayer. Rather than being the full-time professional minister, it is rather that person who has fixed her hope in God.
a. In the space below, give the key thought of this verse.
b. In the space below, write a paraphrase of this verse in your own words.
c. Key Word:
c. Key Word:
1) Hope
a) Greek ________________(1679) (31 times in NT)
b) Greek Reference Work Definition
c) Secular Reference Work and Definition
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d) Wuest:
“The perfect tense. This tense speaks of a past completed process having present results. It speaks of a widow who has, as a habit of life, set her hope upon God.”
2) Continue:
a) Greek ____________________________(4357) (6 times in NT)
b) Greek Reference Work and Definition
c) Secular Reference Work and Definition
d) Wuest: “Continues constantly”
d. What then is a definition of one who has “fixed her hope on God?”
e. Summary: Who then, is the person who has placed their hope on God? It is a person whose lifestyle of hope is translated into a lifestyle of prayer. One who spends extended time alone with God in prayer, one who “continues in entreaties and prayers night and day?”
What then will be the concrete actions a disciple can take in emulating the life of hope as exemplified by this widow? Try to come to some conclusions on this as you answer the questions below.
1) Passage: _______________________________________________
2) Date: __________________________________________________
3) Attitude Change:
4) Sin to be repented of:
5) Act of repentance:
6) Corresponding act of obedience:
C. Summary:
C. Summary:
1. Give what you feel to be the proof text for spending extended time alone with God in prayer.
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2. In the space below, summarize in your own words the teachings of the Scripture concerning extended time alone with God in prayer.
3. What is the key application which you have made from this selection? This week’s passage which I will hide in my heart “that I might not sin against Thee”
Project ONE
Passage One _______________________ Date memorized _______________________
1. Read the entire chapter in which the verse is found.
2. In one or two sentences give the context of the verse; e.g., why is it found at this particular point in the scriptures?
3. In a short sentence or two give your opinion as to the intent of the Holy Spirit in the inspiring of the author to record this particular truth.
4. As a standard of holiness, what would be interpreted as an act of obedience to this verse? Disobedience?
5. Which category do fall into and why?
Passage Two _____________________ Date memorized _______________________
1. Read the entire chapter in which the verse is found.
2. In one or two sentences give the context of the verse; e.g., why is it found at this particular point in the scriptures?
3. In a short sentence or two give your opinion as to the intent of the Holy Spirit in the inspiring of the author to record this particular truth.
4. As a standard of holiness, what would be interpreted as an act of obedience to this verse? Disobedience?
5. Which category do you fall into and why?
Project TWO
Daily Quiet Times Alone With God in Prayer and Meditation
___________________Morning: Passage: _______________ Date:_______________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
_______________Morning: Passage: ___________________ Date: _________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations. (if any)
______________Morning: Passage: ____________________ Date:_________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations. (if any)
_______________Morning: Passage: ___________________ Date:_________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations. (if any)
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Daily Quiet Time Alone With God in Prayer and Meditation
_______________Morning: Passage: _________________ Date: ___________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations. (if any)
______________Morning: Passage: __________________ Date: ___________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations. (if any)
________________Morning: Passage: ____________________ Date: _______________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations. (if any)
d. Other observations. (if any)
Daily Quiet Times Alone with God in Prayer and Meditation
_______________ Morning: Passage: __________________ Date: ________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
________________Morning: Passage: _______________ Date: _________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
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Daily Quiet Time Alone with God in Prayer and Meditation
________________Morning: Passage: ____________________ Date: _______________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
__________________Morning: Passage: ________________ Date: _________________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
Daily Quiet Times Alone with God in Prayer and Meditation
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Daily Quiet Times Alone with God in Prayer and Meditation
___________________ Morning: Passage: ________________ Date: ______________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
_____________________ Morning: Passage: _______________ Date: ____________
a. What does this passage teach me about God?
b. Does this passage primarily convict, encourage, or challenge me? Why?
c. How could this passage best be applied to my life?
d. Other observations (if any).
Luke 6:12 KJV 1900
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Before large / momentous decisions:
Mark 1:35 KJV 1900
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Mark 14:34–36 KJV 1900
And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Matthew 14:23–25 KJV 1900
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
Daniel 10:1–14 KJV 1900
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
2 Samuel 12:16 KJV 1900
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
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