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Praying Through the Bible #99
TEXT: Daniel 9:11-16
We come once again to this passage in Daniel at a time when nations around the world have been met with disaster after disaster. Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, put it succinctly when she said, "the world is a mess." For Australia, the Netherlands, and Malaysia, a passenger plane was shot out of the sky and nearly 300 people died, most of them citizens of these 3 countries. For Israel and Gaza, these two nations have been locked once again in a devastating conflict, and we are told that over 1,000 civilians and over 40 soldiers have been killed. In China and the Philippines, these nations were hit by back-to-back typhoon this month, causing millions of dollars in devastation and taking over 150 lives. It seems as though every time we turn on the news or get on the internet, we are informed of yet another devastating occurrence which world leaders are scrambling to respond to.
Today, we want to look at Daniel's intercession for his people in light of the disasters that are shaking our world. Because of the sins of the children of Israel, God judged them by sending the Assyrians and Babylonians to ravage their countries with war and then to carry them off into captivity in foreign lands -- a true national disaster. In light of these events, I want us to look at the biblical perspective that we should take in times of national and world crisis and disaster...
1. We need to understand that God is in control no matter the crisis or disaster.
2. We must realize that every disaster brings a mix of God's judgment and mercy.
3. We must realize that disasters are warnings that call us to prayer and repentance.
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