The affect of our prayers upon the Lord

Daniel Bible Background

12.07.2016 – Old Testament: Dan 9.20–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Daniel 9–10 on December 7, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord wants to hear our prayers, as is evidenced by the uncountable times in Scripture that He tells us to speak to Him. See what He did when Daniel prayed,

Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering (Daniel 9.20–21). 

As Daniel spoke his prayer, Gabriel, sent by God, went to Daniel and revealed some interesting things. This was a special occasion and we cannot expect the Lord to repeat for us, because the time of the end of the Babylonian captivity had arrived for the Jews, and so the Lord wanted to give His people a special message by the pen of Daniel.

However, the Lord waited to take action until Daniel prayed. Many times throughout the Bible, we discover times when the Lord reacts to the prayers of His people. Therefore, let us pray to Him relentlessly.


  • For what do you pray?
  • Are your prayers mostly for the flesh or the spirit?

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