TOPIC: A Plea For Others

DATE: Saturday, February 07, 2015

TEXT: DANIEL 9:11-19

Key Verse: “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name” (Daniel 9:19).

John Knox, the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, of whom Queen Mary had said, “I fear his prayers more than I do the armies of my enemies,” ministered through prayer until the moment of his death. When he was very ill, he called to his wife and said, “Read me that Scripture where I first cast my anchor.” After he listened to that beautiful prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17, he forgot his weakness and started interceding for the ungodly who had rejected the gospel, for people who recently got converted and for God’s servants who were facing persecution. As Knox prayed, his spirit went home to be with the Lord.

Our text reveals Daniel’s heart-rent prayer to God. While pleading for God’s forgiveness of Israel’s sins, Daniel was particularly sorry because the Israelites had not obeyed God. He knew that God had sent prophets to warn them and yet, they did not listen to those prophets, neither did they obey the laws which God had given to them. Consequently, God allowed their enemy to take them away from Jerusalem, just to keep His promise that He would punish them.

Among other request, the prophet pleaded with God to forgive His people. Acknowledging that the Jews did not deserve His love for their disobedience, he gave reasons why God should forgive them. First, God brought them out of Egypt. Second, God had always been kind and loved to forgive. Third, Jerusalem was God’s city, which other people hated.

Daniel stood in the gap between God and the Israelites so that God would not destroy them. He remarked that he was culpable with them. God is looking for many Daniels today; those who will not excuse the sin of the people but will incessantly plead with God to grant mercy and forgiveness to the undeserving. May God find in you a vessel unto honour, sanctified and meet for His use.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be a burden-bearer, not a talebearer.

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