Scripture Influenced Prayer

Re:Verse passage – Daniel 9:1-23 (day five)  

“for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.”  Can you tell that Daniel’s prayer is being informed and influenced by the scriptures?  High view of God.  Proper perspective of man. Honest depiction of sin. All of these come from the scriptures. We worship, live, and pray better when we are influenced by the scriptures. Why?  The scriptures help us see the truth about God and sin. Our prayers (even our confession) have as much to do with God and His Character (Holiness in the present and mercy in the past) as they do with ourselves and our sin. When my prayers have more focus and attention on me than they do God, I need take notice and be concerned.  Need to get back to the scriptures.

Daniel’s confession—biblical confession—is God-centered. The issue is not admitting that we have made our life miserable. The issue is admitting that there is something much worse than our misery, namely, the offended holiness and glory of God. – John Piper

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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