Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Purpose of Prayer, Daniel 9, "Turning Point" with David Jeremiah

David jeremiah is about two thirds through his "handwriting On the Wall" series on Turning Point which focuses on the Book of Daniel.
The broadcasts of Monday March 30 and Tuesday the 31st focus on an interesting part of Daniel, namely the first part of Chapter 9 where Daniel prays. By examining these verses, Jeremiah points out, we can learn on how to pray and what the real purpose of prayer is -- it is the glory of God and asking him on how we may play a part in it.
The prayer may be found in Daniel 9, verses 4 through 19.

To hear the broadcasts, go to this page
Turning Point (Dr. David Jeremiah) - Broadcast Archives

and look for the broadcasts labeled "God's People and Prayer."

I particularly am moved towards verse 9
BibleGateway.com - Passage Lookup Daniel 9
which reads

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against

It is interesting in how Daniel approaches the subject of why God should hear his request to return the Isrealites back to Jerusalem beginning at verse 17:

"Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O
cLord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.
Give ear, O 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.

Verses from the NIV.

Some have suggested that Daniel's prayer was unnecessary as God had already preordained the Jews returning to Isreal. Rev. Adrian Dieleman, Pastor, Trinity United Reformed Church, Visalia, Ca
preached this
Sermon on Daniel 919which further expands on the purpose of prayer. This too makes for good reading.

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