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The Plea

As we finish this short study of Daniel's wonderful prayer, (Dan.9:3-19) I am reminded of Jesus' parable of The Prodigal Son. Much like the Israelite exiles in Babylon, the young man had hit rock bottom. He was eating swine food as a result of wasting his blessings in sin. When ultimately desolated, he came to his senses. Daniel's prayer submits to God that the people are at this point. In both cases, they acknowledged their sin and were prepared to throw themselves at the mercy of the Father....Their Father! Daniel, in his plea, reminded God that he had brought this nation out of Egypt (V 15) and he acknowledges their sins. He knows that Israel is suffering the consequences of those sins and petitions God for mercy. "Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant....We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy." Daniel was petitioning God to "stay in character." By this I mean that God would be true to that character He had always exhibited. God had always shown Himself to be compassionate and forgiving. As we read and meditate upon this wonderful, poignant, and revealing prayer, we are reminded of our condition. There are few parts of the Old Testament that are more instructive than this prayer of Daniel. As sinners, we too have need to throw ourselves before God and plead for His mercy. Our path to a cleansing is the same as it was in the days of Daniel. Confession, acknowledgement and a supplication for mercy should still be an integral part of our prayer life. In our prayers, lets not forget the plea....

Have a great day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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