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Summary: Daniel’s prayer of confession is a model for the believer

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Daniel 9 Prayer Analyzed

I. His Preparing (v.1-3)

A. Understood the Word (Understood the Times and God’s Clear Intentions Toward His People)

B. Seeking by Prayer and Supplication (Actively Seeking the Favor of God)

C. With Fasting (Keeping Body Under/Crucified the Flesh/Dying Daily)

D. And Sackcloth and Ashes (Mourning/Repentance)

II. His Confessing (v.4-15)

A. We have sinned: ‘Missed the mark/incurred guilt’(v.5a)

B. We have committed iniquity: ‘Perverted our ways/twisted our paths/bent our direction’(v.5b)

C. We have done wickedly: ‘To be guilty/openly condemned’(v.5c)

D. We have rebelled: ‘Revolted against authority/Openly actively tumultuous (v.5d)

E. We have trespassed: ‘Acting unfaithfully/Grievous actions against the Lord (v.7)

F. Yea all Israel have transgressed: ’Passed over the line/Gone away from the Law (v.11a)

G. Even by departing: ‘Putting away, setting aside the Word (v.11b)

H. Might not obey: ‘Did not listen to nor hearken to the Voice of the Lord (v.11c)

III. His Petitioning (v.16-19) [12 Ardent Appeals]

A. Let Thine anger and Thy fury be turned away (v.16)

B. Hear the prayer of Thy servant (v.17a)

C. Cause Thy Face to shine upon Thy Sanctuary (v.17b)

D. Incline Thine Ear: ‘Turn/Bow down/Stretch (v.18a)

E. Hear: ‘Hearken/Obey/Understand (v.18b)

F. Open Thine Eyes: ‘Awaken/Focus Your Sight Upon (v.18c)

G. Behold our desolations: ‘Look upon our tragic condition/Fix Your gaze upon our situation (v.18d)

H. Hear O Lord: Pleading w/Master to listen (v.19a)

I. Forgive: ‘Pardon/Spare/Provide the relief of remission of sin (v.19b)

J. Hearken: ‘Attend to, give attention, regard my petition (v.19c)

K. Do: ‘Work, Perform, Accomplish, Produce (v.19d)

L. Defer not: ‘Tarry not, Do not delay nor hesitate, nor hinder or keep back from action (v.19e)

IV. His Powerful Results (v.20-27)

A. His Focus (v.20)

B. His Answer (v.21-27)

1. Angelic Contact (v.21)

2. Angelic Communion (v.22,23)

a. Provide Information

b. Provide Skill & Understanding

C. His Vision of the Future (v.24-27)

1. Purpose of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy (Concerning Israel & Jerusalem)

a. To finish the transgression

b. To make an end of sins

c. To make reconciliation for iniquity

d. To bring in everlasting righteousness

e. To seal up the vision and prophecy

f. To anoint the Most Holy

2. Timing of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy

a. ‘From the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem

b. Unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks & threescore and two weeks

c. The street shall be built again, and the wall even in troublous times

d. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off but not for Himself’


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