Monday, March 7, 2011: Daniel 9:1 – 2 (NKJV)
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
What did Daniel understand? Daniel understood that the captivity of Israel was about to end.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011: Daniel 9:3 (NKJV)
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
What were Daniel’s essentials before he prayed? Daniel set his face towards the Lord to pray. He fasted, wore uncomfortable sackcloth and covered his body with ashes, a sign of mourning.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011: Daniel 9:4 – 6 (NKJV)
And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.
Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.
What did Daniel confess? Daniel says, ‘we’ rebelled and did not heed prophetic warnings.
Thursday, March 10, 2011: Daniel 9:18 (NKJV)
O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.
What argument did Daniel use? Daniel asks forgiveness not based on righteous deeds but on God’s mercies.
Friday, March 11, 2011: Daniel 9:20 – 21 (NKJV)
Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
Was Daniel answered? Yes, far beyond his wildest expectations! God revealed to him the end time.
Will our prayers be answered? You make the call.