S- Supplication Asking mercy for Israel – Prayer using the ACTS acronym – Daniel 9:16-19… 16 O Lord,… let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem,… 17 So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord… 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear!…for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
In his supplication, Daniel was direct in asking the Lord to turn His anger and wrath away from His people. Daniel had already confessed these sins but now he asks the Lord to allow his people to return to Jerusalem in accordance with His word through Jeremiah and Isaiah. Daniel was bold and insistent because he believed he was praying scripture that was the Lords will.
He prayed not because of any merit on his or Israel’s part but because of the Lord’s great compassion.
Then he ended his prayer with another strong petition “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
Do I pray with the boldness and power of Daniel because I am praying in His will from the Bible? What steps will you take to improve your prayer life?