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Standing in the Gap (Part 2)

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Praying Through the Bible #94

TEXT: Daniel 9:1-8

We are continuing our look at the prayer that Daniel prayed for the nation of Israel as they were on the cusp of being delivered from their time of exile. Daniel chose to be an intercessor for his people. Many of them had probably lost faith in God and were discouraged about their present situation. Many of them probably thought that God had forgotten them and that they would remain scattered in foreign lands. However, because Daniel was close to God, he took it upon himself to bring his nation before God in prayer. He took it upon himself to stand in the gap for his people. 
 
In our last message, we saw three things about Daniel's prayer for his people.
 
1. Daniel took time to prepare to pray.
2. Daniel kept in mind God's awesomeness and faithfulness
3. Daniel openly confessed that his people had sinned.  
  
Right now, we are going to zero in on verses two and three of our text and look at three key points that made Daniel's prayer so powerful and that made Daniel a very effective intercessor for his people.
 
1. Daniel's prayer was based on the Word of God. In verse two, Daniel says, "I understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem." Daniel's basis for praying for the deliverance of his people was the "word of the Lord" that had been given to Jeremiah.

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