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Praying Through the Bible #95
TEXT: Daniel 9:9-23
We are continuing our mini-series on the prayer that Daniel prayed for the nation of Israel as they were on the verge of being delivered from their time of exile. Daniel, who had always been a faithful prayer warrior, now in his old age, intercedes for his people. He didn’t have to. He wasn’t required to. But, I believe God called him to the task and he obeyed.
Right now, we are going to take a look at three things we must do as we seek to stand in the gap as intercessors.
1. We must pray with an understanding of who God is. In verse nine, Daniel prays: “To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him…” Last week, we talked about how we ought to appeal to God’s mercy when we intercede for others. The reason why Daniel did this for the children of Israel is because he had an understanding of the nature of God.
2. We must pray with the determination to live righteously before God. Daniel sought to live out Godly principles in his life and we see this desire in his prayer. In verse 13 he prays, “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.”
3. We must be ready to receive God’s answer to our prayer. In verses 21-23, Daniel writes: “whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”
We may not receive the answer that we want when we pray, but we must be ready and willing to receive any answer that God provides. Just as He did with Daniel, God honors those who take it upon themselves to bring the needs of others before His throne. The devil will do all he can to discourage us and to cause us to grow weary in well doing. However, we have numerous promises from God that tell us that God hears and answers our prayers, and we can hold on to those promises as we stand in the gap.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.