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Praying in Babylon

Praying in Babylon

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Published by Mark Stephen HuBert
We can learn a lot from Daniels prayer in the book of Daniel (chapter 9) because it speaks to the situation of Christianity today. We too have been in captivity to Babylon and the time is now for us to come out of her and build God's House...But how? Daniel's prayer gives us clues.
We can learn a lot from Daniels prayer in the book of Daniel (chapter 9) because it speaks to the situation of Christianity today. We too have been in captivity to Babylon and the time is now for us to come out of her and build God's House...But how? Daniel's prayer gives us clues.

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Praying In Babylon
By R.S. Neaville
 We can learn a lot from Daniels prayer in the book of Daniel (chapter 9) because it speaks to the situationof Christianity today. We too have been in captivity to Babylon and the time is now for us to come out of herand build God's House...But how? Daniel's prayer gives us clues.Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having greatpower; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foulspirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrathof her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice fromheaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive notof her plaguesHaggai 1:2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time thatthe Lord's house should be built. 3 Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 Is ittime for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? 5 Now therefore thus saiththe Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.Daniel faced the situation of his time when he was very old. He read in books about how he and theothers had come to be in captivity to Babylon (Jeremiah). it was for seventy years and this was near the timefor it to end. Seven is a time set aside as a complete work, and this work of God was about to be concluded.In this we have our first clue. We need as Christians (God's people) to realise where we are and why . Ibelieve the Holy Spirit is showing us that very thing. we have been in captivity for our own 70 years . Notliteral years, but a time set aside by God for him to purify us. We too can see as Daniel did that we are nearthe completion of that time. The spirit revealed it to Daniel in the scriptures , and so too with us.Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in thedesolations of Jerusalem.So when we as a body start to see this truth...what then? We do what Daniel did from the heart.Daniel 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, andsackcloth, and ashes: 4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord,
 
the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keephis commandments; 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and haverebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6 Neither have we hearkened untothy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to allthe people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as atthis day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, andthat are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that theyhave trespassed against thee. 8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes,and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercies andforgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lordour God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 Yea, all Israel havetransgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is pouredupon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinnedagainst him. 12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath beendone upon Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made wenot our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God isrighteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God,that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten theerenown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all thyrighteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thyholy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people arebecome a reproach to all that are about us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant,and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city whichis called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but forthy great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine ownsake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. 20 And whiles I was speaking, andpraying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication beforethe Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;1. Daniel dropped down to pray and seeks God's face for his people. First and foremost he did itclothed in sackcloth and ashes; this shows us we must approach God with humility2. Then he owned up to the sin of him and his people. Daniel was a dedicated man of God, and wedo not see him as one of the bible's great sinners, but he realised the knowledge and the gifts he wasgiven were not so he could have a blessed life alone. He did what all men of God are called to do; Helaid down his life for the body and stood in the gap, numbering himself among the sinners. Even aswe see Jesus did by becomeing a man and suffering as we do. Jesus came to be a sacrifice for sinnersand was numbered among us. Even as Moses chose to suffer with the people of God and not live as aprince of Egypt.3. Daniel confessed for the people and acknowledged all the ways they had departed from him andhis precepts.

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