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be rebuilt. And in this city of David one will come in the line of David to fulfill all of God’s promises. He is the one who will live perfectly in covenant obedience. He will walk in righteousness, and he will ultimately make possible the forgive- ness that is so desperately needed by the sinful people of God. So Daniel addresses his prayer to God and responds to the knowledge of God revealed through creation and through


Scripture. He mourns over and confesses the sins of his people, acknowledging their status as rebellious covenant break- ers. And he asks humbly for forgiveness and mercy, for the turning away of God’s wrath.


Praying for the Glory of God There is one idea that holds all this together. Above all else that he is doing in this prayer, Daniel is seeking the glory


of God. Daniel understood, 2000 years before the Westminster Divines articulated it, that his chief end was to glorify God and enjoy him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 1). In fact, it’s not just Daniel’s chief end, or the chief end of God’s people, it is the chief end of all of human history to bring glory to God. So when Daniel prays, he prays to that end, for if the glory of God is our motive for living, then the glory of God is our motive for praying (Ferugson, 179). What is it that would bring God glory? Daniel leaves the details of that to God, but in his prayer he pleads on the basis of God’s glory being known in all the earth. In verses 16-19 Daniel speaks to God of your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, your people, and your sanctuary. His final petition: “Delay not, for your own sake… because your city and your people are called by your name” (v. 19). Daniel’s motive for prayer can bring some clarity when we don’t know how best to pray about a given situation. We


can, and should, always pray for the glory of God to be displayed. As you bring your requests to God, do you seek His glory above all else? Thanks be to God for revealing Himself to us, for granting us the privilege of prayer in order to respond to Him, for examples of prayer in Scripture, and for the promise that God hears our prayers. Right after reading of the promise of God in Jeremiah to restore the people after 70 years in exile, Daniel read this: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13).


Prayer Program (all hymns in Trinity Hymnal)


Responding to God’s Revelation Address God using names revealed in Scripture: i.e. Mighty God (Isa. 9:6), founder and perfecter of our faith


(Heb. 12:2). Read Psalm 19. Thank God for the revelation of himself through creation (v. 1-6) and through Scripture (v.


7-11). Read Hebrews 1:1-4 and praise God for speaking to us ultimately and finally through his Son. Read and Meditate on Psalm 107, offering praise to God for his works in history on behalf of his people. Reflect on the promises of God: i.e. to complete the good work he began in you (Phil. 1:6), to build his people


into his own dwelling place (Eph. 2:22, Rev. 21:3). Sing: The Spacious Firmament on High (#117); God, in the Gospel of His Son (# 141); O Praise the Lord, for He Is Good (#83)


Confession of Sin Confess the truth of Romans 3:23. Read and Meditate on Psalms 32 and 51. Make an effort to consider sins of


thoughts and actions, both things done and left undone. Print out Daniel 9, Ezra 9, or Nehemiah 9. Draw a square around the confession sections of the prayer. Circle


all the words used for sin or to describe the sinner. Use these words in your own prayer. Memorize 1 John 1:9. Sing: From Depths of Woe I Raise to Thee (#554), Not All the Blood of Beasts (#242)


Supplication for the Glory of God Read: Isaiah 42:8, Psalm 72:9, Romans 11:33-36 Look up the Westminster Shorter Catechism, question and answer 1-2. Memorize Psalm 29:2.


Sing: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (#77), Gloria Patri (735) 22 The Associate Reformed Presbyterian


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