Dan 10:11 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.
Oh, man of desire---This
was the divine character given to Daniel of old. It is translated in
our version, "O man, greatly beloved." But it literally means "O man of
desires!" This is a necessary element in all spiritual forces.
is one of the secrets of effectual prayer, "What things soever ye
desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them." The element of
strong desire gives momentum to our purposes and prayers.
is an unwholesome condition; indolence and apathy are offensive both to
God and nature.
And so in our spiritual life, God
often has to wake us up by the presence of trying circumstances, and
push us into new places of trust by forces that we must subdue, or sink
beneath their power.
There is no factor in prayer more effectual than
If we are intensely interested in an object, or an individual, our
petitions become like living forces, and not only convey their wants to
God, but in some sense convey God's help back to them.
May God fill us to-day with the heart of Christ that we may glow with the Divine fire of holy desire.
~A. B. Simpson~