Danielís prayer contains ten pleas presented
1. Turn Your anger and wrath away from Jerusalem and
Your Holy Hill.
2. Hear my prayers.
3. Hear my
4. Look with favor on Your sanctuary.
5. Incline Your ear to hear.
6. Open Your eyes.
See the desolations of the city that bears Your Name.
8. Forgive our sins.
9. Listen and act.
10. Do not
ďOur Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your
kingdom comeĒ permeates Danielís petition. It is Your
sanctuary, Your city, Your people, Your Name that are at
stake, God! This is like the intercessory prayer Moses
prayed on behalf of Israel, the one that so moved God, He
relented from destroying His people (Exodus 32:11-14).
Daniel also reminded the Lord of His reputationónot
that God needs reminding! The chief end of man is to
glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The prophetís prayer
revealed his desire to see Godís name hallowed; this
should be our prime objective in life.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it
all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Daniel and his three friends began the exile with this
objective. The prophet hallowed Godís name with his entire
life in both word and deed. His prayer was not hollow
words but a sincere petition from the heart. His plea was
for compassion, not justice; and it was urgent.
O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act!
For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city
and your people bear your Name.
Notice the verbs: listen, forgive, hear, act, and do
not delay. Daniel wanted Godís kingdom to come to His
people as soon as possible. The burden of his prayer was
for the return and restoration of the nation. Therefore,
he confessed the sin of the people and sought Godís mercy
so that His Name would be hallowed.