Daniel 9:1-3… 2 I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
Daniel was studying his bible in Jeremiah 25:11-12, 29:10; Isaiah 44:28 and found that the captivity of Israel would end in 70 years by the hand of a man named Cyrus.
Daniel realized that the time was ready for the Israelites to return to Israel. Daniel was a man of prayer. He prayed 3 times a day even if it meant he would be thrown into the lion’s den 6:1-28.
v.3a I gave my attention to the Lord God: Daniel was determined in prayer. He approached God as a man who would not be denied from reaching his goal. He could do this because he was convinced that his prayer was in the will of God, and knew it was not motivated by any selfish desire.
v.3b To seek Him by prayer and supplications: Daniel wasn’t passive as God’s prophetic plan unfolded before him. In his approach to God, he made a request, asking God to perform His promise in the way that would bring God the most glory.
v.3c With fasting, sackcloth, and ashes: This reflected Daniel’s humble heart in approaching God. Fasting, sackcloth, and ashes are signs of humility and mourning over sin.
“While God honors the briefest of prayers, effective prayer requires faith in the Word of God, proper attitude of mind and heart, privacy, and unhurried confession and petition. Daniel’s humility, reverence, and earnestness are the hallmarks of effective prayer.” [Walvoord]
Are you ready to pray in humility to God through our High Priest Jesus because you know God’s will revealed in the Bible and are giving your full attention to the Lord? Otherwise, do you pray for His will from the Bible, the Holy Spirit and the mind of Jesus in the circumstance you are praying for?