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07/30/2012

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Daniel Prayed So Well


"When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and you did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord'-----and you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psa.32:3-5).

Our adult Bible class this past Sunday morning at Northfield covered a prayer offered by Daniel. Now you may remember the prophet Daniel that as the guy who in the face of a royal edict, opened his windows and prayed to the Lord 3 times a day. (Dan.6:10). In Daniel 9:3-19, we are privy to one of Daniel's prayers on behalf of the people. These verses would be wonderful for us to read and meditate upon and I will dissect them a bit for the next few devotionals..You have all recited Jesus' model prayer familiarly known as The Lord's Prayer. (Matt 6:9-) This one in the book of Daniel is a lot longer and it is amazing, which I hope you will find out. Daniel's prayer was the epitome of the absolute best that the Israelites had to offer. Daniel knew that their prosperity would hinge upon the Lord's blessing as he pleaded for His favor. The first part of the prayer (Vs. 3-8) is a confessional. All of our prayers, as we find in today's verses from the pen of King David, should include confession. Adam and Eve blamed the devil and God...Aaron said that he threw some gold in the fire and it came out as a calf. Moses demanded an explanation, and the high priest blamed the people. King Saul in his disobedience, denied first and blamed others....All of these examples show us people who refused to take the blame for their wrongs and confess them to the Lord. Daniel wasn't about to sugarcoat Israel's past..."We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled by departing from your commands and laws" (V 5). Confession is two-pronged. First it acknowledges the sin, and then it extols the goodness, righteousness, and love of the Lord. Lets make sure that our prayers, like Daniel's include a heartfelt and humble confession to the Lord. Forgiveness is contingent upon it....More of the prayer tomorrow....

Have a great start to your week..... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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