Seven Elements of Powerful Prayer in Daniel 9
1. Powerful Prayer Emerges From God’s Word (vs. 1-2). Being immersed in Scripture has many benefits but one is that from that study emerges powerful prayer. If you don’t have the heart to pray, start with reading Scripture, and let God lead you to prayer.
2. Powerful Prayer Emerges From Acts of Contrition (vs. 3-4a). Daniel turns his face to the Lord and with actions showing his mournful spirit toward the sins of his people. How long since you have hit your knees or laid on the ground in tears for your own sin and disobedience to God?
3. Powerful Prayer Recognizes our Powerful God (vs. 9:4b). We should never pray without taking a moment to consider the God who is listening. His steadfast love allows us into His presence and what a privilege that is!
4. Powerful Prayer Emerges from Words of Confession (vs. 9:5-13). More than just sackcloth and ashes were words so specific about the righteousness of God in punishing them for their betrayal of Him. This is no half-hearted confession. Daniel knew the truth about them and he prayed it to God! He specifically and brazenly confesses their sin and God’s righteousness.
5. Powerful Prayer Praises God’s Character (vs. 14-16). God has rescued many who were tangled in bitter sin, and He can rescue you today. God never acts out of character, so his past actions can illustrate the kind of current actions He will take now.
6. Powerful Prayer Pours Out Requests to God (vs. 17-19). We are better at this practice than the others! But Daniel was specific in what he asks for, and he asks in faith: O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, listen and act and do not delay! (vs 19).
7. Powerful Prayer Receives Powerful Attention (vs. 20-23). What happens in heaven when God’s people pray? God always hears our prayers immediately, even if it seems to us that his answer delays. We may not see how God is answering our prayers but He is listening and acting.
“There was nothing impersonal about Daniel’s praying. It always had an objective, and was an appeal to a great God, who could do all things.” – E. M. Bounds, The Weapon of Prayer