TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 John 2:18–3:6
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Daniel 9:19 (ESV) “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Our Verse for Today is a prayer. It is a request for God to hear and forgive. It is a prayer that asks God to observe what is going on and to act.
But, the power of this prayer is not found in the requests. It is found in the motivation.
Why did Daniel call upon God to hear his prayer and answer it?
It was because it was a God-centered prayer. It focused on God’s glory (his goodness as seen by people). Listen again to the prayer:
“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” (Daniel 9:19)
Sure, Daniel and the Jewish people would benefit. But, Daniel recognized that it wasn’t ultimately about them. It was about God. If the Jewish people were perceived by others as a defeated people, then their God would not be glorified (his goodness would not be seen by others). So, Daniel was asking God to help and bless His people for His Name’s sake.
Friend, the next time you pray listen not only to what you are asking for but pay attention to why you are asking for it. Are your prayers self-centered or are they God-centered?
The difference in perspectives may be the very thing you need to acknowledge in order to have a vibrant prayer life filled with answers from God.