“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 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, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgment”’. (Daniel 9:3-5)
There are some key parts of this prayer that we need to take a look at. First, Daniel was unwavering about praying. Look how Daniel had “set my face toward the Lord God.” We need to be those who are steadfast in our prayer life before the Lord. Second, Daniel knows to whom he is lifting his prayers- “O Lord, great and awesome God.” We need to remember who it is we are praying to as we lift up our prayers. Third, Daniel acknowledges that he knows God and His character and that He “keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him”. Last, Daniel confesses his sins before the Lord- “We have sinned and committed iniquity.” We need to be those who are steadfast in seeking the Lord, those who remember Who it is we are seeking, those who remember His character and status, and those who confess their sins and ask forgiveness. May we learn from Daniel and apply these characteristics in our lives.
God Bless Pastor Gerry