“O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city-the city that bears your name-lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.
O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.” Daniel 9:18-19
Daniel gives us a beautiful example of how to pray and petition our requests to God. He doesn’t dump a list of wants and needs, he doesn’t angrily shake his finger. He acknowledges that God is omniscient, but still includes the details. He bases his requests to God based on who God says he is:
Open your eyes and see our despair. He know God loves his people and he directs God’s attention to them.
…not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. Daniel knows where he stands with God. He’s not afraid to call upon the mercy of God and with a humble heart, ask for favor.
Hear, forgive, act and listen. He is so bold in his prayers with God! It feels weird to pray to God with such an authoritative tone. But if you read the entire chapter, you can see that Daniel is so intentional in his conversation with the Lord. He repents. He’s persistent. He’s done his research, studying past prophecies and Scriptures. You can tell Daniel knows his God and is in deep relationship with him.
Let’s pray like this.