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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
In Daniel 9 you find a good picture of one who prayed in the light of God’s
Listen to Daniel as he shares his experience: “In the
first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures according to
the Word of the Lord given to Jeremiah, the prophet, that the desolation
of Jerusalem would last 70 years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded
with him in prayer and petition, in fasting and in sack cloth and in ashes.”
You see, as he reflected upon the Word of God and
allowed it to impact his life, he began ordering his own life—his prayer life—in
the light of what he understood from God’s Word. Time now was running out.
The 70 years Jeremiah had promised were almost up and Daniel was concerned about
seeing God’s Word fulfilled in his life and in that of the children of Israel.
You have in chapter 9 a prayer of confession, as well as a prayer of
affirmation. It was an affirmation of faith in which he is trusting in God
to fulfill His promise.
Listen to what Daniel says, beginning in verse 20:
“While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people
Israel, and making my request to the Lord, my God, for His Holy Hill; while I
was still in prayer, Gabriel came.” It says in verse 23 that Gabriel
declared: “As soon as you began to pray an answer was given.”
It is interesting to note, the answer wasn’t evident
yet in Daniel’s life. God was responding in His time. In His way and
time He fulfilled His promise. He will do the same for you.
Make a practice of praying in the light of the promises