Musings, Spiritual Formation

“For the sake of Your Name”

Daniel 9 is best know for the prophetic picture it paints. But one of the most amazing, convicting aspects of the chapter is Daniel’s prayer.

In response to the study of God’s Word as revealed through Jeremiah (verse 2), Daniel begins to entreat God to do what He said He would do. He acknowledges the sin of his people–specifically identifying that that they sinned against God by not obeying the law or listening to the prophets. Without making excuses or complaining he confesses and acknowledges God’s right to judge.

After the confession he turns to his request.

The tone of the request is urgent, bold, direct and passionate. Probably more urgent, bold, direct and passionate than I have ever prayed. But the boldness is not so much about the circumstance but God’s reputation. He calls on God to fulfill His Word and restore His people to His city for His own names sake.

Daniel’s main concern was God’s own reputation.

That ought to be the focus of all our prayers. Whether we are praying for someone’s healing, protection, strength through a difficult situation–whatever, the focus ought to be–God’s own reputation. How can God receive more glory, be more highly esteemed through the situation?

So, may the prayers we prayer be first and foremost entreating God to make Himself look good. That His name and His reputation be exalted.

You can read the passage below (you might what to read the whole chapter).

Daniel 9:17-19

17 Now therefore, O our God,

listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy,

and for your own sake, O Lord,

make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.

18 O my God,

incline your ear and hear.

Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called

by your name.

For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness,

but because of your great mercy.

19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not,

for your own sake,

O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” (ESV)

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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