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A Lesson from Daniel November 27, 2006

Posted by Joe in Scripture Meditation.
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Lar,

Thanks for that short reflection in your last post. That is a very important truth to learn! I know that it was monumental in transforming my prayer life. I trust it will be the same in many others. In that same vein, I have pasted Daniel’s prayer to the Lord found in Daniel 9. This was during the captivity in Babylon. Verse 2 make it clear that Daniel had been reading Jeremiah and found there the prediction that the captivity would only last for 70 years. So David begins with that word from the Lord and petitions accordingly. But the most important thing to note–that you pointed us to–is the ultimate argument that David makes for why God should hear his prayer. And I would stress that word ultimate because it isn’t until we really begin to feel the weight of that ultimate truth, that our prayers begin to carry some serious weight to them.

I would also add that Daniel’s prayer here in Daniel 9 is a model for us to follow in praying for revival. You have confession of personal and corporate and a petition that is grounded on the ultimate end that God might make known His glory. David and the biblical writers knew that this was the only ultimate thing that carried weight before the Lord of glory, so they petitioned accordingly. The Lord won’t bring revival in our day until we are captured by the same–and thus, pray accordingly. May the Lord grant us such grace!

I know it’s a long passage, but hey, it’s Scripture! What better thing do you have to do than to read Scripture?! Listen and learn and pray for such a heart.

3Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. 8To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 9To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him 10and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. 12He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us,[a] by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. 13As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. 15And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16″O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. 17Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,[b] make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”

For your name’s sake, O Lord, raise up men like Daniel, who intercede for Your people on their knees until you come and act! Make us such men for the sake of Your great name. Rejoice to bring Yourself great glory by using the weak and the foolish to accomplish the will of Your good pleasure. Bring us as Your church back from captivity. Deliver us from our slavery to the comforts of this life and set our mind’s eye on heaven for the sake of Your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen and Amen.

For His glory,

Joe

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