Summary: Daniel’s prayer is a great example of how WE should pray and ask for forgiveness
CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE
Daniel was a godly man who realized that his nation had sinned greatly against God. He prayed to “make it right with God.” He prayed to confess the sins that brought curses on the Israelite people. He prayed to confess the sin that separated Israel from God.
I. BREAK DOWN AND OUTLINE OF DANIEL’S PRAYER:
a. Praise to God (v. 4)
b. Confession (v. 5-11)
c. Results of Sin (v. 11-14)
d. Prayer Request (v. 15-16)
e. Prayer Request (v. 17-19)
II. THE PURPOSE OF HIS PRAYER
a. The main point of this prayer is nothing else but confession before God.
b. This is a very important function of prayer… confession of sins to God. Verse 4 states it so clearly when Daniel writes that he prayed to God and confessed. Daniel had read Scripture written by Jeremiah the prophet and came to realize that he and Israel had sinned.
c. What is repentance?
1. a changing of the mind
2. Willingness to take responsibility for sin and move away from it
III. WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN FROM DANIEL’S PRAYER?
a. Daniel names the sins when confessing.
b. Daniel recognizes to God the results of the sin.
c. Daniel requests God to take away His wrath
d. God asks God to hear his prayer.
REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL AND BRING YOU BACK INTO A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
1) Change our mind and decide that you no longer want to sin against God
2) Take responsibility- don’t argue about whose fault, because it is always ours.
3) Accept the Truth that sin has happened and broken the relationship