A Model of Prayer

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for the city and thy people are called by thy name.  And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.  And he informed m, and talked with me…

Daniel 9:19-22a

In this passage, Daniel was just doing what he always did- praying.  He prayed when he was a young man taken captive.  He prayed before the king signed the decree forbidding anyone to make supplication to anyone but himself.  He prayed after that decree.  I am sure he prayed in the lions’ den.  And he prayed after he got out of the lions’ den.  In these verses, something amazing happened during his prayer – the angel Gabriel came and talked with him.

I will admit that I have never had an angel come to speak to me during a prayer before.  But I do like the example Daniel sets for us in regard to praying.  He says that he was “confessing my sin and sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God…”

First, he was doing a lot of confessing.  He was confessing both his own personal sin, and the collective sin of his entire country.  That is an important lesson for us.  We are never going to see anything great happen as long as we refuse to confess our sins to the Lord.  That is the first step.

The second step is to make our supplication to the Lord.  We need to ask the Lord for the things that we need in our lives.  Philippians 4:6 tells us “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Daniel prayed and got to speak with an angel.  While that may not literally happen to us, praying and confessing will open great things to us!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben 🙂

    I like Daniel’s attitude to prayer. Constant. Model indeed.

    Blessings,
    ann

    P.S. —————–>

    Reply

    • I like the constancy too. I need more of that. I’m way too “hit and miss” in my prayer life. I guess that’s what Paul was talking about with “pray without ceasing.”

      I’m on it! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

      Reply

  2. Thank you, Ben! I love how we can’t go wrong if we are confessing and praying. 🙂 God bless you as you pray today!

    Reply

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