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Daniel 9:1-19

Daniel's prayer for his nation is powerful and moving. There's no pomp or fluff. We do see, though, things like sincerity, repentance, humility and definitely passion, both for the Lord and Israel. But did you notice what prompted this incredible prayer? In verses 2 and 3 Daniel tells us that he was reading the "word of the Lord" and as a result he "turned his face to the Lord God seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes." What a good reminder of the value of reading God's Word.

So what are some ways we can incorporate and draw upon God's Word as we pray this week? Maybe you already do that. If so, encourage us with an example. Tami W.

P.S. "The Power of Praying People" is the series this week on Back to the Bible. I invite you to join Dr. Kroll and me for a great week of studies.

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I read this passage this morning out of The Message and the first part of verse 19 really jumped out at me, "Master, listen to us! Master, forgive us! Master, look at us and do something! Master don't put us off!"

Wow! What a powerful prayer for all of our communities. Minew own is really suffering from an increase in the drug trade. There is a real feeling in our churches that only God can help us now. This prayer speakes to me in a deep way about this need.

The one thing that struck me in this passage is that while reading God's Word, Daniel realized why Israel was in captivity. He also put 2 and 2 together and realized that the time was right for God to act, as it was towards the end of 70 years in captivity as God had forewarned Israel.
I may not know God's timing of things, or why things are as they are, but I can ask God to unveil my eyes, and pray that, if the timing is right, God will act in certain situations - always for His glory and in Jesus' name.

Daniel's prayer is still very valid today. The whole world seemed to have turned from God, the Creator and Master of the whole universe. We can learn from Daniel's prayer by using it as a guide for praying for our own countries, our cities, our church and our people. We must get back to God and we can only do so with His help. We have to do it by fasting and/or praying earnestly and believing that God WILL hear our prayer as He heard, Daniel, King Hezekiah and Moses. But we must ask for forgiveness and we must amend our way and obey Him.

God made us without any help from us in His own image. That is love, and for Someone who loves us so much, do you think He wants to lose anyone of us? I know He does not, but because we prefer to follow the evil and worldly ways we turn from Him. The praise and glory belongs to Him so let us all who believe in Him pray for each other, our nation, the Church and all peoples of the earth. Let us also show by our own example (our love for God and each other, our work and our deeds) what a wonderful and beautiful joy it is to belong to Him. KJV - James 5:16 says, " Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". We have to pray without ceasing. May God forgive and bless us all.

In this day and age of immediate response to our requests it is really hard to know when the time is right to act. Of coarse praying and letting God take action would be the answer but sometimes He puts people and situations at our disposal that we are to use to fullfil our needs.

Learning to have patience with our requests for action is very difficult, I pray often for prays of healing for my uncle who is suffering with a lung disease, but I must realize that it is in God's will and time that things will be done.

Of coarse when I ask for safe travels while I am driving, I would really like this prayer to be answered sooner rather than later. I ask God each day to watch over me and my loved ones,to guide and protect us, timing is the key.

I feel that from God's Word we should have faith that in God's time and whatever His will be done we should honor Him.

I draw my confidence from Matthew 7 7-11. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

From these words I realise that God's power is awesome, he can do anything and God's reward to our request is always appropriate. It might not be what we had expected but it is a "good gift"

The prayer of the righteous covers a multitude of sins! And how great that is. Daniel did not mince words he knew they were sinning and he went before God for them. It gives me the idea how wonderful it is that we can go before Christ and cover a multitude of sins for those around us. And that makes me smile! :)

One thing that stood out to me very strongly about Daniels prayer is that he prayed as part of his nation, as if he had been involved in the sin. It didn't matter to him that he had not committed some of these sins as his country men did, he prayed for his country.
This was a good reminder to me that we need to be praying for our government, where ever we are.

Thank you Joan and everybody for your comments. If all the people in church pews would gather togther and confess, pray and take action, we may see real change in our country. I think people are too comfortable and maybe God is going to truly wake up America. But as Jerusalem still stands maybe our flag will continue to wave and freedom ring loud enough for others to wake up.
Please Lord show us the WAY. YOUR WORD says YOU would never leave us nor forsake us. There are still a few who will stand for YOU.

In God's judgement, some may see it as a deserving cold and harsh punishment and some may see it as a needful event to have a holy fear for God.

In spite of all fear and distress, we should draw comfort that God disciplines those He loves. Hebrews 12:6.

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