Praying Through the Bible #100
TEXT: Daniel 9:11-17
Jennifer Kennedy Dean, the founder of the Praying Life Foundation, wrote the following in her book titled Live a Praying Life: “To pray with power, the pray-er must agree with God. A pray-er must be in agreement with the intercession of Jesus, who is always in agreement with the will of God. When more than one intercessor, each of whom is in agreement with God, come together to pray God’s will, then anything they ask Him to do, He will do.”
Today, I want us to look at the element of agreement in Daniel’s prayer. We will be focusing on verses 11 – 17. Throughout his prayer, Daniel agreed with God on three important issues. Let us look at those issues right now.
1. Daniel agreed with God’s view of Israel’s behaviour. In verse 11, Daniel prays, “Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.”
2. Daniel agreed with God’s judgment of Israel’s sin. In verse 12, Daniel prays, “And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.”
3. Daniel agreed with God’s promises regarding Israel’s restoration. In verses 16-17, Daniel prays, “O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.”
Every aspect of Daniel’s prayer found him in agreement with God’s word and God’s will. The effectiveness of our own prayers is limited by whether or not we are praying according to the will of God. Chip Brogden said, “God waits for a Remnant to rise up and to pray in agreement with His Purpose before He does anything. He will do nothing apart from the Church. Apart from HIM, we CAN do nothing; apart from US, He WILL do nothing.”
The question today is: Are we praying in agreement with God? Are we interceding in agreement with God’s purpose? Are we standing in the gap in agreement with God’s will?