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The events of this chapter took place sixty nine years after Daniel had been carried captive to Babylon. This was after the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians and in the first year of the reign of Darius. Even though Daniel was extremely busy he found time to study the Word of God and to pray each day at morning, noon and night. Daniel’s study of the Scriptures led him to turn to God and to pray. His prayer is given at considerable length (v. 3-19). Two grievous sins had been committed by the nation. First the people had disobeyed the law of God (v. 11). Then they had refused to listen to the prophets who were sent by God to warn them (v. 14). Daniel spoke about how God continually tried to bring Israel back to Himself. Yet even after disaster struck them they refused to obey Him. God still uses circumstances, other people and the Word to bring people back to Him.
Daniel’s prayer included both a positive and negative aspect of God’s greatness and the people’s sin. He referred to how God had delivered Israel out of Egypt by His great power (v. 15). Then he prayed that God would again send mercy instead of judgment to Jerusalem (v. 16). Daniel not only confessed the sins of the people but he identified himself with their sin as though he were personally responsible for it (vv. 16-19). Daniel did not beg for mercy because he deserved it or the people deserved it but so that God, himself might be glorified, as the nations saw the great things He would do. God sends His help not because we deserve it, but because He wants to show great mercy. If God refused to help us because of our sin, how could we complain? But when He sends mercy when we deserve punishment, how can we withhold our praise and thanksgiving?
I can not expect God to answer my prayers because I deserve it. Like Daniel I must cry out for mercy. Then when he sends mercy I must be careful to give Him praise and thanksgiving.
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Daniel 6:18-28Daniel Saved From The Lions
Daniel 7:1-14Daniel’s Vision of The Four Beasts
Daniel 7:15-28The Meaning of Daniel’s Vision
Daniel 8:1-14Daniel’s Vision of a Ram And a Goat
Daniel 8:15-27Gabriel Interprets The Vision
Daniel 9:1-10Daniel Prays For The People
Daniel 9:11-19Daniel Cries Out to God For Mercy
Daniel 9:20-27The Seventy Weeks Prophecy
Daniel 10:1-9Daniel’s Terrifying Vision of a Man
Daniel 10:10-21Prophecies Concerning Persia And Greece
Daniel 11:1-19The Kings And Their Successors
Daniel 11:21-39The Evil King From The North
Daniel 11:40-45Three Persons of The Last Days
Daniel 12:1-13The Time of The End