Today we will look at the boldness of Daniel in prayer. We again take our minds to the prayer of Daniel in the 9th chapter.
“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
He trusted in the mercy of God. Daniel knew that they could not make a plea to God based upon their own righteousness, but all Israel would have to fall upon the mercy of God. This is something Daniel was confident in, that God would be merciful.
Daniel stood on God’s promises. Because he knew the promises of God, and because he knew the God who keeps His promises, Daniel felt very confident to call upon God to act upon those promises.
He was very bold in asking God to:
- Let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem.
- Listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy.
- For your own sake, make your face shine upon YOUR sanctuary, which is desolate.
- Incline your ear and hear.
- Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by YOUR name.
- O Lord, hear!
- O Lord, forgive!
- O Lord, pay attention and act!
- Delay not, for your own sake!
Men, that is the same boldness that God wants us to have when we come to His throne in prayer. Trust in God’s mercy. Stand on His promises. Call upon Him with boldness and confidence that grows out of an understanding of God’s unfailing mercy.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
…in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.