Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 9

Outline and Background - Daniel 9

Prompting of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:1-3

Particulars of Daniel's -Prayer  Daniel 9:4-15

Petition of Daniel's Prayer  - Daniel 9:16-19

Power of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:20-23

The Seventy Sevens - Daniel 9:24

The Coming of Two Princes - Daniel 9:25-27

Decoding of the Seventy Sevens

The Anointed One Cut Off

Application of Daniel 9

Petition of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:16-19

Danielís prayer contains ten pleas presented
to the Lord.

1. Turn Your anger and wrath away from Jerusalem and Your Holy Hill.
2. Hear my prayers.
3. Hear my petitions.
4. Look with favor on Your sanctuary.
5. Incline Your ear to hear.
6. Open Your eyes.
7. See the desolations of the city that bears Your Name.
8. Forgive our sins.
9. Listen and act.
10. Do not delay.

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.

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