This week's focus: Prayer
Daniel 9:1-25 offers encouragement and guidance for all who seek God’s face. Daniel, after studying the scriptures, had an urgency to call out to the Lord in prayer.
“I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, His holy mountain. As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God...” (Daniel 9:20-23)
Daniel’s prayer was so heartfelt, earnest, humble, and sincere, that Almighty God took notice the second he began to pray. Like Daniel, God’s children are very precious to Him! The moment we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and confess our sins, God hears and responds. The prayer of a righteous person has great power. (James 5:16)
What we can learn from Daniel’s prayer (Daniel 9:1-25)
- Daniel’s prayer was built on the word of God. He modeled the importance of being a student of scripture to “plead the promises of God.” When we pray God's word back to Him, its effective, powerful, and encourages our hearts because we know God is faithful and His Word will not return void.
- Daniel made the choice to confess and not complain. The Holy Spirit is the One who brings a deep conviction of sin. When we respond appropriately, we can rest assured that God hears our prayers.
- As Daniel confessed his sin and the sin of Israel, he remembered the sin of not praying. Without prayer, our relationship with God is impaired for lack of crucial communication. “All this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God.” Daniel 9:13-14
Our trials and burdens should motivate us to urgently pray. Our first response should always be to run to the throne and ask our Heavenly Father for guidance and help.
Praying is both a privilege and a responsibility. Let us never take this gift for granted.
Daniel 9:23 (NLT)
The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God.
Pray: Dear Lord, what a blessing it is to carry everything to You in prayer. Thank You for this great gift!
Think: "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" - Corrie ten Boom
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