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Returning to God in Prayer
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and live the abundant Christian life by returning to God in prayer.
Daniel had lived in Babylon from the time he was 14, 15 years old until he died.
He was a man of prayer, a man of conviction, a man who loved the Lord and walked with the Lord.
We know he's a man of prayer because in Daniel chapter 6, the Caldeans, the ones that were part of his brain trust and counselors
to the King, they didn't like the idea that the King was thinking of elevating Daniel as over the whole realm over his whole kingdom,
and so they tried to find some dirt on Daniel. They couldn't find any dirt on Daniel.
They said the only way we're going to get it this guy is if it has something to do with his God,
and so they tricked the King into making a decree that nobody prays to any God except the King for 30 days.
They knew Daniel prayed three times a day.
And when Daniel heard the decree, hey, what happens if you pray to a God other than the King for the next 30 days?
Throw you in the lion's den. Daniel said, I'm going to keep praying to my God, a man of conviction, a man of courage, a man of prayer.
And in Daniel chapter 9, he shows us what it looks like when we return to God in prayer.
And this is what he says beginning in verse 1. In the first year of Darius,
the son of a hazardous of median descent, who has made King over the kingdom of the Caldeans,
in the first year of his reign, 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 70 years.
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications with fasting, sack cloth, and ashes.
And I prayed to the Lord, my God, in confessence, that the last, oh Lord, the great and awesome God,
who keeps his covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.
We have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from your commandments and ordinances.
Moreover, we have not listened to your servants, the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Righteousness belongs to you, O Lord, but to us open shame as it is this day, to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and all Israel, those who are nearby, and those who are far away, and all the countries to which you have driven them,
because of their unfaithful deeds, which they have committed against you, open shame belongs to us, O Lord,
to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you.
To the Lord, our God, belong compassion and forgiveness for we have rebelled against Him.
Nor have we obeyed the voice of the Lord, our God, to walk in His teachings, which He set before us through His servants, the prophets.
Indeed, all Israel has transgressed your law, and turned aside, not obeying your voice, so the curse has been poured out on us,
along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
What a prayer. Hey, what does it look like when we return to God in prayer?
Once you denote us three discoveries, three things that Daniel did, that you and I can do,
and that you and I must do if we're going to return to the Lord.
Remember what we said in this series, the song, prone to wander Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love,
that is true for you, it's true for me, it's true for all of us.
And as the Lord said to the church in Ephesus, Revelation chapter two, you're doing all these good things,
but I have this one thing against you, you have left your first love,
and you need to return to me. So what does it look like when we return to God in prayer?
First discovery, we get serious.
Daniel is serious, look at verse three, so I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him,
by prayer and supplications with fasting, sack cloth, and ashes.
Daniel is not praying a whole hum prayer. He's not reciting something he learned as a kid that's just like,
you know, we just put it on autopilot, we punch a button and it just comes out,
regurgitated junk, blah, blah, blah, blah.
You know, now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord, my soul to keep.
It's not one of those prayers. He is seeking the Lord. He's giving his attention to the Lord.
Literally, when he says in verse three, so I gave my attention, that is, I set my face,
I turned my face to seek the Lord.
Hey, when we get serious, we give God our undivided attention.
Daniel was serious. He was seeking Him by prayer and supplications with fasting, sack cloth, and ashes.
We approach God as we get serious about Him as we give Him our full attention,
then we approach Him with a broken and contrite heart.
See, fasting shows God your serious because you're not eating.
I'm driving the physical appetites of your body because you're going to seek the Lord.
Sack cloth and ashes.
Well, that's a sign of mourning in the ancient Near East.
If you wanted to show how you are so contrite and repentant and broken over your sin,
what did you do? You put on sack cloth, which is like burlap, rough on your skin,
and you sat in ashes and you put ashes on your head to show how you are mourning.
And it says that He sought the Lord with prayer and supplications.
Supplications is a cry, a plea for mercy.
And He was calling upon the Lord, asking Him for mercy.
He was serious.
Hey, God does business with those who mean business.
And one of the things we desperately need in America today, in our lives today,
is we need to get serious about seeking the Lord.
Second discovery, not only do we get serious, we get reverent.
Daniel got reverent, verse 4.
And I prayed to the Lord, my God, and confessed and said,
Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant and loving kindness
for those who love Him and keep His commandments.
Now, did you notice this is the beginning of His prayer,
and the beginning of His prayer doesn't start with petitions?
God, I need you to do this for me. I need you to do that for me.
It starts with praise.
It starts with worship. He has reverent before the Lord.
The word reverent means showing deep and solemn respect.
And as we pray, as we begin our prayer, prayer needs to begin with worship.
It needs to begin with adoration.
It needs to begin with praise.
It needs to begin by remembering who God is.
We remember who He is, the great and awesome God.
God is the great and awesome God.
No one greater than God, God is the greatest by a zillion miles.
Next up to God is so far down the list that you don't even see Him.
It's just God, the great, the mighty and the awesome God Moses said,
who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
That is God.
Remember who He is and remember that He is faithful and true.
When Jesus returns at the Battle of Armageddon Revelation chapter 19,
He sits on a white horse and I saw a heaven open and a white horse in Him.
And He who sat upon it, who is called faithful and true.
He's always faithful and true to His promises.
And Daniel in His prayer, he picks up on that.
Who keeps covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.
He says in verse 9,
To the Lord our God, belong compassion and forgiveness for we have rebelled against Him.
Hey, we get serious and we get reverent.
And thirdly, we get right.
We get right.
Daniel is going to show us how to get right with God.
When you have wandered away from Him, prone to wander Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
How do you get right with Him?
70 years in captivity.
Why were they in captivity?
Because they had sinned against God.
They were grossly idolatrous.
They were grossly immoral.
God's people who were delivered from Egypt and came into the Promised Land
and said, we're going to follow the Lord and all those with Joshua.
When they came into the land, they followed the Lord.
But just like we have in our own families,
Mom and Dad may follow the Lord, but that doesn't necessarily mean that
Junior is going to follow the Lord.
That the kids are going to follow the Lord.
That the grandkids are going to follow the Lord.
Hey, sin is personal and so is salvation.
And it has to be a personal decision that I'm going to walk with Jesus.
And so all those in Joshua's era, they followed the Lord.
But after Joshua, they didn't.
And the book of Judges shows what happens when you quit following the Lord.
And God had told them, listen.
Deuteronomy chapter 27 and 28.
If you follow me, I'll bless you.
If you don't follow me, you're going to experience the curses.
And if you come into the land and you continue to not follow me and to blow me off,
then there's going to come a day when I wipe you.
I'm going to wipe you out as a person wipes a dish clean.
And so Daniel is rehearsing all the sins of the people.
Sins in his own heart that he had to confess, but the sins of the people.
And he says, over and over, this is what we've done.
We have sin.
We haven't listened.
And as all these, we've acted wickedly.
We have committed an equity.
We've turned aside from following you.
We get right.
Daniel was getting right.
And he was interceding for the people.
And when you get right and you intercede for the people,
you honestly and fully confess your sins and repent.
That's what it means to get right.
You honestly and fully confess your sins and turn away from those sins.
So how did they sin against God?
Well, with all the different synonyms that he uses,
we get a pretty clear picture.
And it's important picture.
And important picture for us to have in our minds.
Number one, they refuse to listen.
How often do we refuse to listen to God?
People who refuse to listen to the Lord.
This is what it says.
Second Chronicles chapter 36.
Before Nebuchadnezzar came in in five,
eighty six BC and tore down the wall and destroyed Jerusalem.
And listen, that wasn't a minor thing.
That was a major thing.
There's a whole book in the Bible called Lamentations.
That's Jeremiah writing down the gut wrenching experience
of watching Jerusalem get destroyed.
This is God's city.
The Temple of Solomon, that's where God dwells.
And to see it all just wiped out by pagans.
Man, that was brutal.
And this is what the Lord says.
Zedakaya was 21 years old when he became king.
And he rained 11 years in Jerusalem.
From 597 to 586.
And he did evil in the side of the Lord his God.
He did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet who spoke for the Lord.
And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar,
who had made him swear allegiance by God.
But he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning
to the Lord God of Israel.
Furthermore, all the officials of the priest and the people
were very unfaithful following all the abominations of the nations.
And they defiled the house of the Lord,
which he had sanctified in Jerusalem.
And the Lord, the God of their Father, sent Word to them again.
And again, by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people
and on his dwelling place.
But what did they do?
They continually mock the messengers of God,
despised his words, and scoffed at his prophets
until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people
until there was no remedy.
Proverbs 29 verse 1, a man who hardens his neck
after much reproof will suddenly be broken.
And that without remedy.
God says, you're going in the wrong direction.
I need you to go over here and you stiffen your neck.
No, I'm going to go where I want to go.
No, you need to go over here.
No, I don't want to go where I want to go.
And eventually a man who hardens his neck after much reproof
will suddenly be broken.
And that without remedy.
And God says, I've had enough.
I am God.
You go my way, or you're not going to be able to go any more.
They refused to listen.
And God was so gracious in giving them prophet after prophet
after prophet, after prophet, turn around, turn around, turn around,
but they blew him off.
What was the term a few years ago?
Talk to the hand.
I don't want to hear it.
Talk to the hand.
I don't want to hear it.
He says, we have turned aside in verse 5.
Turning aside from your command.
It's that literally means we've turned off.
We've just turned you off.
God, we don't listen to you anymore.
We don't want to hear from you anymore.
It's an Isaiah's day.
They said, speak to us, pleasant words.
Proposite to us, illusions.
Let us hear no more about the holy one of Israel.
We don't want to hear about God's holiness.
Just went on here about God's commandments.
Just tell us how good we are.
Tell us how much God loves us.
Tell us how much God wants to bless us.
Tell us how special and precious we are.
Just tell us that.
We've refused to listen.
We have refused to respond.
They didn't respond.
We don't respond.
So all this calamity has come upon them and they didn't respond.
And then you'll say, as it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come
on us yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our
inequity and giving attention to your truth.
What is it going to take?
Your city is totally destroyed.
You have been ripped from your homeland and taken 900 plus miles to Babylon and they
And they change your name, you are Hanna Naya Azariah,
Michelle, and now you're Shadrack Me Shack
in a bed and a go, everything has turned upside down.
Everything you love has been destroyed.
Does that not cause you to turn your heart back to the Lord?
Yet, we have not sought your face.
We have refused to respond to God.
We are covered in shame.
He says it twice here in his prayer.
Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes, our fathers,
because we have sinned against you, open shame, the shame of face.
So embarrassed, God, for what we have done.
You get ashamed of the things in your life.
You know, sometimes when you see people get arrested for something horrible and terrible
and they have them on camera, what do they do?
They take their coat or their hands, and they put it over their face,
because they don't want you to see their face, because they're ashamed.
I still remember years ago when Jim Baker got arrested for the PTL scandal.
He was crying, he was in handcuffs, and he grabbed his coat to put it over his face
to hide his face.
You know, shame is not a good thing, but it's good that you feel shame when you do
shameful things, just like guilt when you are guilty of sin is a right emotion
and you must respond to that.
Covered in shame, deserving of the calamity upon us, verse 14.
Therefore the Lord has brought the calamity and store and brought it on us.
For the Lord, our God is righteous with respect to all his deeds which he has done,
but we have not obeyed his voice.
We have told him, this is what's going to happen, and you know, it's interesting,
just a little aside, you say, how did God come up with 70 years for their captivity?
Because God had given them a law, and that law said, every seventh year, let the land have
Don't plant, don't farm it, just let it rest.
I will provide for you, but let the land rest.
They didn't do that.
They said, well, that's just dumb, we can't do that, we're farmers, we've got a farm,
and you can't take a whole year off of not farming, so they just kept plowing the land,
plowing the land, planting and reaping year after year after year after year, just blowing
off God's commands, and so it says in 2nd Chronicles 36, that when God brought them into
captivity, they stayed into captivity for 70 years until the land had enjoyed its Sabbath.
God took note of the fact that 490 years, and 490 years, you have not obeyed me one time.
So I'm destroying the land of Israel, or the land of Jerusalem, and Judah, I'm destroying
that, I'm pulling you guys into captivity, and the land is going to be desolate for 70
years until the land enjoys its Sabbaths.
They were deserving of the calamity, and we're deserving of the calamity that's coming
Hey, I don't know if you are keeping up, but our country is falling apart at the seams.
It is falling apart, and immorality is just run rampant.
We need to pray.
We honestly, and fully confess our sins and repent, and we humbly and boldly ask for forgiveness
Daniel says, God, this is it, this is where we are, and he's talking about himself.
He's confessing his own sins in the sins of the people, and then he says, in verse 16,
O Lord, in accordance with all your righteous acts that now you're anger and your wrath
turn away from your city, Jerusalem, the holy mountain.
So now our God, listen to the prayer of your servant, and to his supplications, and for your
sake, O Lord, let your face shine on your desolate sanctuary.
See our desolations in the city, which is called by your name, for we are not presenting
our supplications before you on account of any merit of our own, but on account of your
The Lord, the Lord, God, compassionate, and gracious, Lord anger and abounding and loving
kindness and truth.
Make up on that again because of your great compassion, O Lord here, 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.
He pours out his heart to the Lord.
He confesses all his sin.
He turns from that sin and he asks God for forgiveness, and he does it boldly.
He does it in faith because God says if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just forgive
us our sins and declends us from all on righteousness.
Psalm 86, verse 5, if you Lord should mark an equity, O Lord, who could stand, but there
is forgiveness with you that you may be feared.
I want to ask you, verse 13, as it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has
come on us yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord or our God by turning from our
iniquity and giving attention to your truth.
What's it going to take for you to really get serious about prayer, about seeking God with
all your heart, undivided attention to the Lord?
Now I'm talking to myself, this is a question for all of us, what's it going to take?
You know what I've noticed with people is they don't really, they're kind of halfhearted
about seeking the Lord.
I'm talking about Christians, halfhearted about seeking the Lord until the bottom drops
out, until their spouse comes home one day and says, I don't want to be married to you
and then it's like, oh no, I need God, until you go to the doctor and he says, you
have stage three cancer, oh no, I need God.
Well, is that the way you want it to do it with God?
God bring disaster in my life and then I'll seek you or do you look out and see the disaster
all around us and what kind of a world we're going to leave behind to our children and
our grandchildren and you say, God has called me to stand in the gap.
God has called me to get right, God has called me to prayer and we need to get right
in our hearts.
We need to pray with David, search me old God and try my heart, show me what's inside,
and vict me Lord of any sin that is in there that I've pushed in the dark recesses,
I need to get that out into the light so that I can be forgiven so that I can walk in
the light with you.
You need a fresh touch from God.
Have you really ever opened your heart up to Jesus?
If not, right now is for you, just pray this simple prayer from your heart, just say, Lord
Jesus, I need you, I know that I'm a sinner and I'm lost and I can't save myself.
The Jesus I believe that you are God in the flesh, I believe you died on the cross
for my sins and you rose again from the dead and right now Jesus, I ask you to forgive
me, I ask you to come into my life and make me the person you want me to be, I surrender
my all to you.
My friend, if you'll pray, that kind of prayer and mean it, the Lord will come in and your
life will never be the same.
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to receive Christ as Savior and Lord.
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