Title: Praying God’s Will
Date: October 6, 2020
As we approach the presidential elections, we wait with great expectation for God’s hand of mercy and deliverance. We have been through quite a year! We are once again about to witness God’s miraculous hand and tremendous mercy over our nation and its people. Can you feel it? I am convinced that more believers have repented, fallen on their faces and to their knees, and have come back to Christ like never before. We are truly living in unprecedented and historical times of refining, rebuilding, cleansing and purifying. Lord knows we desperately needed this!
Daniel 9-10 is one of the most amazing passages of scripture in my opinion. It’s jam-packed with prophecy and revelation of God’s mercy and kindness. It gives us instruction in and understanding of prayer. It teaches us to pray in line with God’s will by using His word to do it. It clearly shows the significance of confession. It’s a look into the power behind this incredible man Daniel’s prayer life.
Daniel was a true student of his Father. His prayers were serious, diligent and proved to be based on God’s word. We can either be full-time or part-time students. Either way at some point we reach our goal. Yet isn’t it true the full-time student reaches his potential much sooner? In the times we’re living in, we simply have no time to waste. Like Daniel, we must get busy being serious students!
I highly recommend you read chapters 9 and 10 in the book of Daniel on your own, but for now I’d like to highlight a few portions that ministered to me this morning.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition.
Notice that Daniel states he is pleading with the Lord, not to the Lord. Daniel already established that he and God were on the same page. He already determined it was God’s will to answer his prayers. That’s incredibly powerful.
I prayed to the Lord God and confessed, “Oh Lord, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of love with all who love Him and obey His commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled. We have turned away from your commands and laws.”
Daniel is confessing the sin of his people and their entire nation. He includes his own personal sin as well. If Daniel prayed this way, doesn’t this free us of any condemnation? God hears the prayers of his children, sinners and all! The key here is that we are His children, not blameless or perfect beings.
Therefore it stands to reason that we are not too far gone to have the Lord’s mercy poured out upon us. We are not too late for God to hear our prayers, or to have His full attention. I’ve heard so much chatter lately about it being “too late for the tide to turn” and “we’re too far gone for God to forgive.” I beg to differ according to scripture!
As we continue to plead for our nation and its revival, and as I read these words of Daniel, it occurs to me that our prayers for the return of a righteous nation under God is not a selfish request, but we can rightly claim it to be God’s will as well. Hence the mercy will come, because Daniel goes on to say in verse18b: “We do not make requests because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” The mercy is there all ready to be lovingly distributed!
Additionally, what Daniel boldly expressed in verse 17 also caught my eye. It was as if a spiritual light turned on and helped me remove much of my worry about the future of our great country: “Now our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant for your sake oh Lord; look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.”
Did you catch that? Daniel’s prayers weren’t for his own sake, but for the ultimate glory of God to be magnified! This faithful man knew the effectiveness of praying God’s will in regard to his circumstances.
Daniel 10:12 continues: “Then he said to me, ‘Do not be afraid Daniel…’”
I love the sweetness God expresses here, the assurance He wants us to have. God tells us throughout scripture countless times not to be afraid. Can you imagine climbing into the lap of your loving Father one day and Him finally looking you in the eye and saying, “Sweet child, I told you there was no need to fear!”
The verse goes on to say, “Since the first day you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come in response to them.” Wow, that is a solid promise to ALL of us, not just one reserved for Daniel. As the angel of the Lord continues speaking in this chapter, he ends with telling Daniel to be at peace, and to be strong.
In light of all that this year has brought us, not only circumstances in our nation and world, but individually as well, the Lord is speaking to us today with the same words: Do not be afraid, hold on tight, I won’t let you go, be strong, I’ll give you the strength you need! Receive my peace; it’s not the peace the world gives, but my holy, unhindered and unconditional peace. Just as He spoke to Daniel, he extends today the same words to you and me: My mercy is here. It’s already come. I’ve heard every prayer and have seen every tear! Look up and be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
I urge then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Do we approach God like Daniel did? He approached the throne of God as a man who would not be denied. He could only come to that confident conclusion as a result of being completely convinced that his prayer was in God’s will. I love that so much! So often I question if I am praying according to the will of God. Keep studying his word; God’s will comes to you as the Lord leads you and fills you with His promises.
There is no doubt that He is hearing the pleas of His children and we are praying in accordance to His perfect will during this difficult year. I can’t wait to rejoice over the mercy He will so lavishly pour upon us! Let us remain hopeful, for it is never too late to feast at the banquet table of the Lord, where blessings abound now and forever more!
From Charles Spurgeon:
Oh that you studied your bibles more! Oh that we all did! How we could plead the promises! How often we should prevail with God when we can hold Him to His word and say, “Fulfill this word unto thy servant which causes me to hope.” Oh it is grand praying when our mouth is full of God’s words, for there is no word that can prevail with Him like His own.
Delighting in safe pasture,