A PRAYER FOR AN OBEDIENT FAITH/A CRY FOR HELP/IN NEED OF FAITH
Lesson Date: 21 Jan 18
Scripture: DANIEL 9: 4-8, 15-19
Biblical Date: 539 B. C.
KEY VERSE: 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.” (Daniel 9: 19)
- To comprehend a prayer of confession.
- To be fully aware of what was happening in the times of Daniel.
- To be in tune with the communication of God through His word.
- To feel the need to pray today as Daniel did.
- To become a faith believer and to lead others to walk with God.
- To bow in humility and pray to God.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Nehemiah 1: 4-11; Jeremiah 25: 8-14; Joel 1: 13-20; Daniel 9: 1-3; Daniel 9: 9-14; Daniel 9: 20-24
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Covenant—pledge, agreement, alliance
Rebelled—revolt, fought against, rebellion.
Righteous—to be right, righteousness
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
What is the best thing to compare The Bible to in order to best understand it?
How significant is context in understanding Scripture?
What value is Scripture and prophecy to our lives today?
What can we learn from Daniel about our response to obstacles?
What is prayer?
How often should believers practice prayer?
THE SEED A PRAYER FOR AN OBEDIENT FAITH/A CRY FOR HELP DANIEL 9: 4-8, 15-19
- Awesome Work of an Awesome God (Daniel 9: 4-6)
- Daniel made his condition known to God through confession.
- Daniel knew God was loving and forgiving.
- Daniel admitted the failures and shortcomings of the people.
- Some were outright rebellion, others were specific sins.
- Unfaithfulness to a Righteous God (Daniel 9: 7-8)
- The righteousness og God stands in contrast to the unfaithfulness of man.
- Our human faces or actions are confusing.
- Sin results in confusion because God is long-suffering, merciful and forgiving.
- We who are forgiven ought to forgive because we love.
- Sinful People and A Merciful God (Daniel 9: 15-19)
- God delivers His people and still they sin.
- We must pray that God leaves us unharmed.
- We approach god not because we are so much but because of His mercy.
- We want god to hear, forgive, and do good for us.
- We DESPARATELY want God to rescue us from sin and give us obedient faith.
PLANTING THE SEED
Who was the king over Daniel at this time?
What do we learn about prayer from Daniel’s prayer?
What is the contrast Daniel is making in his prayer?
What was the root problem in the people of God?
What else did Daniel make clear about God verses man?
What historic event and time did Daniel recall?
How should the anger and fury of God be viewed? (Did a recently published book raise this issue?)
What appeal did Daniel make to god and what difference did it make?
What do you suppose Daniel means when he suggests God’s actions would be for His own sake?
How do we see Daniel’s broken heart in this final appeal?
NURTURING THE SEED
What should be the believers approach to god in prayer?
What does recalling the promises of God add to prayer?
How is confession of sin vital to the believer’s prayer?
When we confess, what happens to our relationship with God?
What makes it so hard for us to accept the truth about ourselves?
How do the experiences of Moses and Daniel encourage us today?
How do our trials move us to obey God?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
Obedient faith begins with acknowledgment of who God is.
As believers we should always bring our guilt and regrets to God.
To accept the truth about ourselves, we must practice obedient faith.
God demonstrates his power and character by what He does for us.
We can never approach God based on our own merit, only by His mercy.
We can approach God with anything, at anytime.
When children learn to obey God early, they have an easier time respecting authority.
We must prostrate ourselves before God because of who He is.
Wise men take responsibility for their own actions and seek God.
Daniel was aware of sin, understood how God was sinless, and made a plea for mercy.