April 01, 2016

DANIEL, A MAN OF PRAYER...


                                   DANIEL, A REAL MAN!

Daniel 9:1-9, 16-19

9In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by PRAYER and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I PRAYED to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. 6 Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.
8 “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.”
16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I PRAY, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the PRAYER of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord's sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

DANIEL was a sterling man of God! He was a most special servant. He was one of the Hebrew captives who met the qualifications for serving in the King’s Court. Nebuchadnezzar was looking for ”young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand…” (Daniel 1:4). Daniel was chosen. He was also full of holy purpose. It says in 1:8 … “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

DO NOTICE DANIEL’S …..

1.   SET DETERMINATION (9:3a)
“Then I set my face toward the Lord God…”

2.   SERIOUS COMMUNICATION WITH GOD (9:3b)
“…to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.”

A.  BY WAY OF PRAYERFUL MAGNIFICATION (9:17)
“Now therefore, our God, hear the PRAYER of Your servant…”

B.  BY WAY OF PRAYERFUL SUPPLICATION (9:17)
Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, AND HIS SUPPLICATIONS…”

C.  BY WAY OF PRAYERFUL AND WILLING DEPRIVATION (9:3)
“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, WITH FASTING…”

D.  BY WAY OF PRAYERFUL AND LOWLY HUMILIATION (9:3)
“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, SACKCLOTH, AND ASHES.”


-dr. dick christen