Last week, we saw how God sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions such that they did not hurt Daniel. Daniel\u2019s enemies and their wives and children were thrown into the lions\u2019 den instead and killed. The King and also people from various countries believed in Daniel\u2019s God.
One day, when Daniel was old, he understood from the scripture according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet that because Israel worshipped idols and abandoned God, God therefore desolated Jerusalem for 70 years, such that her people became slaves of other countries and could not return to their own country. When Daniel knew about this, he was very upset. He knelt before the Lord and prayed earnestly. Daniel first confessed his sins before God before confessing the sins of God\u2019s people. This was because God\u2019s people, Israel had abandoned God\u2019s promise. Thereafter, Daniel again asked God for forgiveness, praying for his people such that God had mercy on His people and hence bring them back to Jerusalem to use them. When Daniel was praying, he was very earnest and felt upset for Israel. He therefore did not eat for many days. While praying, his heart continued to be burdened and disappointed and could not hear God\u2019s voice. However, Daniel did not give up but continued to pray. After 21 days, an angel dressed in white called Gabriel came before Daniel and told him, \u201cHighly esteemed Daniel, God has heard your prayer. Actually, as soon as you began to pray, I was sent by God to answer you. However, the army led by the devil Satan opposed me. Therefore, God next sent archangel, Michael to help me and chased the army of demons away. I was hence delayed by 21 days before coming. Now, I will tell you God\u2019s perfect will and plan\u2026\u201d Gabriel the angel hence told Daniel all the things that God wanted to do and God\u2019s big plan to save Israel. God also blessed Daniel and gave him long life. In the era of the Persian Kingdom, Daniel was highly respected by the King and people. God also heard Daniels prayer. After 70 years, God revived Israel once again so that His people could return to Jerusalem and build the Lord, God\u2019s holy temple there.
1) Daniel knew that God loved Israel eternally and wanted to use Israel greatly. Therefore, God had already prepared for them the greatest portion of blessing, that was, to bless them and through them, enable many people to know God.
2) However, Daniel knew that the devil, Satan would steal the blessings of Israel. He saw that the devil continued to tempt Israel to commit sins and asked them to worship idols, love the world such that not only was Israel not able to receive blessings but was carried away in exile, and became the laughing stock of many people.
3) As a result, Daniel was on one hand upset for Israel and on the other hand, filled with grievous hatred for the devil, Satan. Therefore, he knelt before God, fasted by not eating and drinking and prayed for Israel that He could forgive them of their sins, revive them once again and use them. Daniel knew that God was a compassionate God and a God who would listen to prayers. He therefore prayed very earnestly.
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