• Dr. Don Laughlin

DANIEL 9:1-7,17-19

1. We often create distractions that draw our focus off of worshipping and serving God.

2. Daniel was well-read and read several of the prophets, including Jeremiah.

3. Daniel prayed for his people and for himself.

4. True confession of sin requires time and deep honesty.

5. This text leads us to understand the profound importance of possessing deep sorrow for sin.

6. A lack of true repentance leads to rebellion and rejection of God's plan for our lives.

7. Throughout Jewish history national tragedies were commemorated by an annual fast.

8. One scholar said, "Prayer is an intimate dialogue."

9. We will involve our self in an intimate dialogue with God when we love Him and know who He really is.

10. There is great power in acknowledging our sin before our Holy God.

11. Rejecting the true confession of sin will leads us to spiral downward spiritually.

12. There is great danger in not listening to God's servants and God's written word.

13. Another scholar said, "Fallen humanity's only hope of meeting God's standard is the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ." Please read Lev. 19:2; Matt. 5:48.

14. Most of our prayers are self-centered and seldom go outside of our county.

15. We need to duplicate Daniel's dynamic prayer life.

16. Daniel's prayer profoundly indicates that he knows God intimately.

17. All of our prayers needs to appeal to God's character.

18. Selfish prayers will never enable us to stay focused on God.

19. Maintaining consistent focus on God requires that we reject the norms and values of the culture.

20. True believers spend their life worshipping God and then serving His creation.

21. Dr. Utley says, "Daniel asks the eternal, spiritual One to: a. shine His face on, 9:17 b. incline His ear, 9:18 c. open His eyes, 9:18 d. O, Lord, hear, 9:19.

22. This text challenges our worship of God.

23. This text challenges our prayer life.

24. This text challenges the way we serve God and others.

25. This text reveals God's expectations for us corporately and individually.

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