By Eric Taylor
Pastor, Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Cedar Hill
Focal Passage: Daniel 9:1-7; 17-19
By the time one arrives at Daniel 9, the prophet is most likely in his mid-eighties. He is studying the words of Jeremiah, and is moved to prayer for the people of God.
And what follows is one of the greatest prayers in the Bible, as Daniel enters a period of “prayer and supplications” which included “fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” What we have is a sound example of what a life looks like that seeks to maintain a focus on the Lord Jesus.
First, we focus on spiritual disciplines. The first thing Daniel did is what we should do. We need to set our “face toward the Lord God” (Daniel 9:3). It is a picture of complete focus. When King Jehoshaphat learned of enemy forces preparing to attack the people of Judah in Jerusalem, the Bible tells us that the King “set himself to seek the LORD” (II Chronicles 20:4). [Read more…]