“Now, therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate.” – Daniel 9:17
As we journey through the Book of Daniel, we see a man steadfast in prayer to God in every circumstance. Not only was the physical Temple in Jerusalem in ruins and desolate, so were the souls of the people. And Daniel made intercession for them. There was a reason God had Daniel go into captivity with the rest of the nation.
We see a fascinating thing in Daniel’s prayer of faith. Daniel does something key, he appeals to the Lord’s sake. He appeals to God’s name and God’s will. Daniel understood the promises, and it was like he was saying, “Lord, you promised this in Your word. I believe it, and now I am asking that You fulfill it because You do not go back on Your promises.” What promises? Promises like the prophets who have gone before him, like Micah. Micah proclaimed:
“Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities.” – Micah 7:18-19
Daniel comprehended the promise and spiritually apprehended it. He lived and walked in God’s constant power. He was a man of prayer and pledge.
Many times in our lives, we may feel desolate, depressingly empty, and bare. Daniel prayed for the people, and people are praying for you too. Whoever you are, the Bible says you were formed in God’s image, and I believe He will claim what is His. You are His sanctuary and may be desolate now, but people are praying God will cause His face to shine on you. In fact, He has already caused His face to shine on you through Jesus. All you need to do is look up and back at Him as your Savior, and your sins will be cast into the depths of the sea and remembered no more. There will be no more desolation but only restoration!
“It is almost past belief, that the best rewarded of all our works, should just be to ask, and to seek, and to knock. To kneel down and to lift up hands, and to lift up hearts.” – Alexander Whyte