Sunday 13th October, 2019

Theme: He Answers

Passage: Daniel 9:3 – 23

Daniel Prays for His People

3 And I prayed earnestly to the Lord God, pleading with him, fasting, wearing sackcloth, and sitting in ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed the sins of my people.

I said, “Lord God, you are great, and we honor you. You are faithful to your covenant and show constant love to those who love you and do what you command.

5 “We have sinned, we have been evil, we have done wrong. We have rejected what you commanded us to do and have turned away from what you showed us was right. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our rulers, our ancestors, and our whole nation. 7 You, Lord, always do what is right, but we have always brought disgrace on ourselves. This is true of all of us who live in Judea and in Jerusalem and of all the Israelites whom you scattered in countries near and far because they were unfaithful to you. 8 Our kings, our rulers, and our ancestors have acted shamefully and sinned against you, Lord. 9 You are merciful and forgiving, although we have rebelled against you. 10 We did not listen to you, O Lord our God, when you told us to live according to the laws which you gave us through your servants the prophets. 11 All Israel broke your laws and refused to listen to what you said. We sinned against you, and so you brought on us the curses that are written in the Law of Moses, your servant. 12 You did what you said you would do to us and our rulers. You punished Jerusalem more severely than any other city on earth, 13 giving us all the punishment described in the Law of Moses. But even now, O Lord our God, we have not tried to please you by turning from our sins or by following your truth. 14 You, O Lord our God, were prepared to punish us, and you did, because you always do what is right, and we did not listen to you.

15 “O Lord our God, you showed your power by bringing your people out of Egypt, and your power is still remembered. We have sinned; we have done wrong. 16 You have defended us in the past, so do not be angry with Jerusalem any longer. It is your city, your sacred hill. All the people in the neighboring countries look down on Jerusalem and on your people because of our sins and the evil our ancestors did. 17 O God, hear my prayer and pleading. Restore your Temple, which has been destroyed; restore it so that everyone will know that you are God. 18 Listen to us, O God; look at us and see the trouble we are in and the suffering of the city that bears your name. We are praying to you because you are merciful, not because we have done right. 19 Lord, hear us. Lord, forgive us. Lord, listen to us, and act! In order that everyone will know that you are God, do not delay! This city and these people are yours.”

Gabriel Explains the Prophecy

20 I went on praying, confessing my sins and the sins of my people Israel and pleading with the Lord my God to restore his holy Temple. 21 While I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came flying down to where I was. It was the time for the evening sacrifice to be offered. 22 He explained, “Daniel, I have come here to help you understand the prophecy. 23 When you began to plead with God, he answered you. He loves you, and so I have come to tell you the answer. Now pay attention while I explain the vision.

The man who understands the times will always act promptly and when he seeks the face of God, will find Him. Daniel was such a man that knew the trouble of his people and how to handle it. It is therefore important to look at the context in which the event took place. Daniel was not careless about the plight of the people, the commonwealth of Israel. Because of God’s anger they suffered and were carried away as slaves. This happened because of their disobedience to God.

He knew exactly what to do. As recorded in verses 3-19, of our passage Daniel made intercession for the tribes, the rulers, and even for the sins of their fathers and those of the entire Israel.

In verse 21, he said, “yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel,…. reached me about the time of the evening offering.” This was why God stated in 2Chronicles 7:14 that if My people who are called by My name, humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

God is a very faithful Father, always willing to answer our prayers if only our obedience to Him is complete. Because we cannot approach Him with unclean hands and hearts and expect clean gift. His protection and blessings.

Have you prayed and nothing seemed to happen? You can try again having done the needful. In faith expect the answer and it will be granted in Jesus’ name.

MEMORY VERSE: Daniel 9:22 “And he informed me, and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.”

HYMN: MHB 736 – SHEPHERD divine, our wants relieve.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I know that You answer prayers. So take away from me every impediment so that the answer to my prayer will come in Jesus’ name Amen.

READ: Day -2 Tim. 3-4; Night -Hosea 4-9

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