2007-10-28 - Daniel
Chapter 9: Part 6 ~ Installment 74
The components of this prayer and prayer in general include, first and foremost, a recognition of the attributes of God. It is only as we understand God Himself, that we have any hope of praying consistently with His will. And just as important as an understanding of the Father, we must also have an accurate view of ourselves. This means that repentance must be included in our prayer. And just as was the case with Daniel, it isn't enough to confess we have sinned, but we must be willing to be specific and repent of each particular sin.
Prayer includes petition, but again the primary reason we see for seeking our needs from the Lord is so that He will be glorified. We need to pray for the "success" of the church body we belong to, not because it is something we demand so we will be lifted up, but because whatever is accomplished only occurs because God is working. The extent to which we can stand for the Lord is the extent to which He will receive the glory.
We can pray for the Lord's blessing of a church body, in a paraphrase of Daniel as we say,
"Now our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on this body. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the weakness of this body which bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O our God, do not delay, because your body and your people bear your Name" (Daniel 9; 17-19 modified!)
To be continued.
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