MEMORISE : Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot
obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. JAMES 4 : 2.

READ : DANIEL 9 : 1 – 19.
1 IN the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes,
which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
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 the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications,
with fasting, and sackcloth, 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 keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and
have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in
thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of
the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces,
as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and
unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries
whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have
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 and forgivenesses, though we have
rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws,
which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they
might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath
that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned
against 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 been done upon Jerusalem.
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made
we not 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 is righteous 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 thee renown, as at this day; we
have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger
and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain:
because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy
people are become 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 which is called by thy name: for we do not present our
supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine
own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 3 – 4 AND LUKE 1 : 57 – 80.

Our Bible reading shows Daniel, a great man of prayer, interceding for his
nation, Israel. In his prayer, he asked God to remember His promise to restore
the nation Israel. He was determined to seek the face of God for mercy,
through prayers and supplications with fasting. He mourned for the despicable
condition of the Jews who were scattered all over the world and for the ruins
of Jerusalem. There are great lessons of life we can profit from when we
ponder on this example of Daniel.

One of these lessons is from this statement : ” I Daniel understood by
books” ( Daniel 9 : 2 ). It was Daniel’s discovery and understanding of what the
Lord has said through Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29 : 10, concerning the
time of His salvation to restore Israel as a nation that motivated him to
intercede for his people. Recognise the fact that in this period, there were no
Bible collating all the writings of the prophets in one volume. The writings of
the prophets were on different scrolls spread across various locations.
Therefore, it must have been a lot of hard work for Daniel to search for the
relevant scrolls of the prophets, and then read through them to know what God
has said about the situation he was bothered about. Reading, studying and
meditating on God’s word is hard work, but the extent to which you know the
bible is the extent to which you will know the mind of God concerning you. When
you know the mind of God concerning a situation, it will build your confidence
as you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer.

Our Lord Jesus Christ assured us of answers to our prayer in Mathew 7 : 8. He
followed up this assurance by asking this question in Mathew 7 : 9 :
“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son asked bread, will give him a
In answer to our Lord’s question, a father indeed would not do that. How much
more our Heavenly Father who is more benevolent than our earthly father
( Mathew 7 : 1 )? I therefore encourage you to study to know the mind of God,
so as to pray aright at all times. This Alone can guarantee express answers to
your needs. It will not be good for you to engage in an exercise in futility.
Pray according to God’s mind in His holy word and you will be happy you did. Do
not keep your mouth shut and suffer in silence.

Father, help the leaders of my country to be alive to their responsibilities in
Jesus’ Name.


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