Daniel 9:1-19 – January 20
Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.
Daniel 9:1-19 – Daniel’s Prayer
9 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.
“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
Heart of the Matter | Dyea Rowland
Now Daniel knew that the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all of Israel had sinned. They rebelled, did wicked things, and had completely gone against God. But Daniel being a godly man took prayers and supplications to Him, like he always did, but this time as if they were his own afflictions. Daniel didn’t pray for God to just help the people, but to have mercy on them. Daniel knew what he needed to do, and he didn’t waste any time in doing it. Daniel knew how to pray, how to fast, and how to get right to the heart of the matter.
I want this interceding attitude — a no-nonsense kind of assertiveness. I dally in the small prayer sometimes, and here Daniel is taking on the prayers for all the people. When I sin or have been wicked…I’ve run from You, trying to hide from prayer, just hoping things will work out on their own. I know the ugly outcome of that choice. Thank You for letting me see how dedicated to prayer and loyal to You Daniel was. Today’s reading is a reflection of where I would be, if Jesus hadn’t gone to the Cross to get to the heart of the matter.
Father, You know I am constantly praying, but it is nothing like how Daniel prays. My prayer seems shallow and at surface level. Though prayed in faith (my take away from James chapter 5), my new lesson is getting to prayer and right to the heart of the matter. My old habits need to be broken and thrown away. I need You for this. Thank You for Your constant mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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