Let’s take a look at the prayer of Daniel, why was he called “greatly beloved”? Who wouldn’t want to be called as such by the messenger of God? When I was very ill for months and each day seemed like it was the last, I read Daniel 9 and 10 over and over, fervently wishing to know if I was “greatly beloved” by the Father, because just to hear Him say it would make everything well with me.
The prayer of Daniel was for wisdom and understanding about the future of the land of his birth and his people. He prayed for deliverance and restoration for Jerusalem. In the same way, we can apply it to pray for our country and our leaders, or to seek God’s face to deliver us from our afflictions – lingering sickness, heartbreaking problems, etc.
The Prayer of Daniel (Daniel 9)
- Daniel prepared to seek the Lord. He set his heart just for this purpose. It means that he didn’t insert Him in-between his busy schedule, but he set aside a time just for the Lord, even if it would take days or weeks. (Read also Daniel 10:2-3).
When we are in great trial of affliction and we’ve lost all understanding of our situation, we know that it’s time to seek God’s face and search deep within us. We cannot do it with our expressly uttered prayer before we begin a busy day, or one that we can’t almost finish before we collapse in bed at night. No. This kind would take ALL of our heart, mind, soul, time and effort.
- In Daniel’s search for the Lord, he prayed with fasting. This is a very powerful kind of prayer. The faithful men and women of the Bible practised it and received amazing answers to their prayers. Two examples are Esther and the people of Nineveh in the Book of Jonah.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21)
In JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY of The Jesus Church, an apostolic church, prayer and fasting is widely practised. Fasting houses were built for this purpose. Brethren who are in great need of a miracle leave all their cares behind and embark on prayer and fasting and an exclusive time with the Lord. They always go home victorious.
(When I was very sick for months, my beloved husband prayed and fasted for 75 days – daily 2-meal fasting only, he ate at 5pm. Then the Lord had mercy upon me and healed me and I began to recover).
- Daniel confessed and acknowledged his sin and his people’s sin, begged the Lord’s forgiveness and prayed for deliverance.
This is what we do during our exclusive time with the Lord: humble ourselves before God, confess and acknowledge our sin and ask for forgiveness, and beg God to answer our prayers and supplications.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)