Daniel 9 : Prophecy And Prayer

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Daniel 9: Prophecy and Prayer
The book of Daniel is considered one of the most important books of the Bible, primarily because of the prophecies within it. Amongst these prophecies, Daniel chapter nine is one of the most prominent. Within the chapter is the well-known seventy-week prophecy. However, most overlook the prayer that precedes the latter half of the chapter. Nonetheless, the prayer is also something that should be discussed, perhaps even on an equal level as the seventy-week prophecy.
The Prayer (Daniel 9:1-19)
In Daniel 9:1-19, in the NKJ version of the Bible, the heading reads “Daniel’s Prayer for the People.” This is true, in that he is praying on behalf of the sins of Israel. However, there is a deeper meaning behind the supplications of Daniel. We can see that Daniel had meticulously studied the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, who was a contemporary to him, by reading Daniel 9:2.
The Broken Covenant
In order to understand the whole meaning of the prayer, we must, first, look back at the original reason the Israelites were given to Babylon by the Lord. 2 Chronicles 36:16 reads, “But [the Israelites] mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.” The Lord made a covenant with His people and the people did not respect the covenant made. The covenant is portrayed by the prophet Hosea like the bond of marriage (Kroll 2014). Israel was unfaithful to…

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