Prayer Focus: Nepal

Bible Reading: Daniel 7-9

Scripture:

So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.

18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” (Daniel 9:3-5,18-19)

Observation:

Daniel was a teenager when he was forcibly removed from his home and taken to a foreign land. He held tight to his faith and to God’s laws. As a result he found favor, not only in the kingdom of Babylon but before God. He witnessed great things, from miraculous delivery (think lions and fire) to fantastic visions (think scary dreams and giant beasts). He was given insight into what would become of Israel, visions not only of current things, but the things still to come. That’s exclusive (special) access, no doubt about it. Daniel’s response? He humbly sought God’s face, he acknowledged where sin had hidden God’s Truth, and requested God’s Mercy. That’s exclusive (undivided) access, no doubt about it.

Application:

All the miraculous signs and wonders in the universe pale in the light of God’s Mercy and Grace. Oh Lord, we are so unworthy to be called by Your name, to be children of God. . . and yet, that is what we are. Give us an undivided heart that we might fear Your name.

Prayer:

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, come! Amen!

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