A Prayer of Daniel

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes
— Daniel 9:3

Take a few minutes and read Daniel 9.  This is where Daniel pours his heart out to God in prayer and God sends the Angle Gabriel to give Daniel the answer. 

Daniel had been used by God in many ways. God had revealed to Daniel the interpretation of dreams of the king that were impossible in the natural realm.  But Daniel himself was left puzzled, confused, and uncertain by the dreams and visions that he himself had received, and by the message God had given to Jeremiah.

Daniel had “observed in the books” that God had told Jeremiah that Jerusalem was to be desolate for a period of seventy years. But Daniel was not sure what God meant or what was to be done. He did not throw up his hands and give up, but “set his face” to seek God. He focused all his attention on Him. He did not just pray a quiet, calm prayer, or let the matter rest.

Daniel prayed with passion and persistence as he humbly and earnestly sought God. He called on Him with a sincere heart. He fasted so he might increase the intensity of his focus. He put on sackcloth and ashes as an expression of mourning and repentance, demonstrating that he was willing to humble himself before Him. He confessed the sins of his people and admitted that they hadn’t listened to God’s servant.

He sought God so intensely that, in the end, he confessed his “extreme weariness.” But because of this intensity, God sent Gabriel to answer his prayers and give him “insight with understanding.”

Daniels prayer here in Daniel 9 must be one of the greatest prayers in the Bible.  Take some time this morning and look at Daniels prayer.  These principles apply in our prayer lives. If you have questions, Doubts, Uncertainties, or Needs, God encourages you to seek Him with intensity! If you don’t receive an answer immediately, don’t give up. Continue to humble yourself before Him, being persistent, and putting all else aside to focus on Him. If we could pray like Daniel, maybe we could see a change in our Nation!  God Bless!!