FERVENT PRAYER FOR THE NATION’S RESTORATION
TEXT: Daniel 9:1-19
Do remember from the Scriptures we have read that Daniel took
responsibility for the sins of his people prior to the restoration.
EXCERPTS FROM THE CONSTITUTION
It is necessary to understand the mindset of the founding fathers of this nation from
the wording of the Constitution of Ireland! Here are some extracts from the
In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority
and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States
must be referred,
We, the people of Éire, Humbly acknowledging all our obligations
to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers
through centuries of trial, Gratefully remembering their heroic
and unremitting struggle to regain the rightful independence of
our Nation, And seeking to promote the common good, with due
observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity, so that the dignity
and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order
attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord
established with other nations,
Do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution
MAKING A CASE FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF IRELAND
The question is this: are we in this nation fulfilling the obligations the founding
fathers of this nation promised to the Lord? What do you think? Are we seeking to
promote the common good, do we still apply prudence, justice and charity? (Read
Ezekiel chapter 8 in your private study) Compare Ezekiel chapter 8 with what is
happening around us in this nation. The leaders of nations involve themselves in
occultism, idolatry, corruption, membership of freemasons etc. Do you have a
feeling that we have let God down and there is the need for us to stand in the gap for
our leaders in line with Ezekiel chapter 22:23-30 and repent?
DANIEL: A CASE STUDY
This chapter in Daniel reveals the instructive account of Daniel’s prayer for the
restoration of Judah from captivity. Daniel was not a full-time prophet yet his
intercessory and prophetic ministry was as effective as that of any other prophet of
his day. He said, “I rose up and did the king’s business”, yet he found time to
read, search, study until he “understood by books the number of the years,
whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would
accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” (Daniel 8:27; 9:2).
The discoveries of his study drove him to prayer. “And I set my face unto the Lord
God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting” (Daniel 9:3). Daniel
combined the secular and the spiritual effectively and advantageously for the
progress of the kingdom of God (Daniel 6:1-4,10).
Though Daniel was himself a great prophet, respected by men, kings and angels, yet
he was a diligent student of the Scripture. The greatest and most favoured of saints
and servants of God must remain diligent students of God’s Word. Though Daniel
knew, by divine predictions, that the promised restoration was very close at hand,
he still prayed earnestly for that restoration. That is God’s expectation of us. We
know that God is about to restore Ireland and make her the envy of the nations
around us but God’s promises are not an inducement to spiritual idleness but an
encouragement to prayer, obedience and faithfulness. “I the LORD have spoken it,
and I will do it. Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by
the house of Israel, to do it for them” (Ezekiel 36:36,37). We should pray more
earnestly when we have the conviction that God is about to display His power in the
conversion of sinners and also fulfill His great promises in His Church. We are about
to take the land to occupy till Christ comes but an assurance that a great revival is
about to come should lead us to more consecration and prayer. The spiritual
atmosphere in Ireland is pregnant with an outburst of revival! Saints of God, keep
This study will be divided into 4 sections namely:
Daniel’s personal identification and confession of the nation’s sins
Proper interpretation of their calamities and national suffering
Passionate intercession for compassion and the nations salvation
Core spiritual principles we can learn from Daniel and how we can apply them
1. DANIEL’S PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION AND CONFESSION OF THE
NATION’S SINS (please read the references in your time)
Daniel 9:1-10; Jeremiah 25:11,12; 29:10-14; Leviticus 26:40-42; 1 Kings
8:47-49; Ezra 9:5-15; Psalm 106:4-7; Jeremiah 3:13-18,25; 14:7-9,20,21; 2
Judah’s captivity in Babylon had continued for about seventy years and there
was no indication of national repentance. The last king of Babylon,
Belshazzar, had been judged, yet Judah remained in captivity. God’s promise
was still waiting to be fulfilled. God’s people must seek His face for His
promise to be fulfilled. “After seventy years be accomplished at Babylon,
then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and ye
shall seek Me, ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be
found of you, saith the LORD: AND I WILL TURN AWAY YOUR CAPTIVITY ”
(Jeremiah 29:10-14). Daniel had read this and he did not wait for others to
show some interest and desire in the restoration of his people. He set his
“face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with
fasting”. Daniel was not discouraged by contrary circumstances and
pronouncements, he prayed. God had said to Ezekiel that though Daniel
stood before Him, his intercession would not prevail to prevent their judgment
(Ezekiel 14:14,16,18,20) yet Daniel “against hope believed in hope” and
prayed. Having “received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins”
(Isaiah 40:2) he prayed for the forgiveness and restoration of the nation.
Though Daniel was declared righteous by God (Ezekiel 14:14), though he was
faultless before men and innocent before God (Daniel 6:4,22) he identified with
the nation in making confession and seeking forgiveness for his people.
Instead of saying, they have sinned, he said, “WE have sinned, and have
committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled” (Daniel
9:5). “Neither have WE hearkened unto Thy servants the prophets” (verse
6). “O Lord, to US belongeth confusion of faces, because WE have sinned
against Thee” (verse 8). “Neither have WE obeyed the voice of the LORD
our God, to walk in His laws” (verse 10). “WE have sinned against Him”
(verse 11). “Yet made WE not our prayer before the LORD our God, that
WE might turn from OUR iniquities” (verse 13). “WE obeyed not His voice”
(verse 14). “WE have sinned, WE have done wickedly” (verse 15). Daniel
approached God with a contrite heart and a humble spirit as he prayed and
interceded for the nation. His prayer was answered speedily because it was
focused on God’s glory, and characterized by humility, unselfishness,
fervency, self-denial and faith.
2. PROPER INTERPRETATION OF THEIR CALAMITIES AND NATIONAL
Daniel 9:11-14; Deuteronomy 31:16-18; 32:18-29; 1 Kings 9:6-9; 2 Kings
17:18-23; Nehemiah 9:26-35; Isaiah 59:9-15; Jeremiah 32:23; Ezekiel 22:26-31.
Daniel did not “charge God foolishly” for the nation’s calamities and
suffering. He knew God to be faithful, righteous and merciful, “keeping the
covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His
commandments” (Daniel 9:4). In his intercession for Judah he said, “O Lord,
righteousness belongeth unto Thee”. “To the Lord our God belong
mercies and forgiveness” (Daniel 9:7,9). God is always faithful to His
covenant promises when His people keep their part of the covenant. If there is
any failure, it does not begin with Him. God has committed Himself to show
favor only while His people are obedient. As a just and righteous God He
cannot encourage evil and sin by bestowing His special blessings on the
wicked. Daniel interpreted Judah’s trials and troubles scripturally. “Therefore
the curse is poured upon us because we have sinned against Him”
If God’s people had continued a holy people they would have been “high
above all nations in praise, and in name, and in honour” (Deuteronomy
26:19), they would not have been in captivity under the dominion of any
nation. Shame and confusion came upon them because they had “sinned and
done wickedly”. Daniel justified God for all the trouble, suffering and
calamity which came upon Judah and Israel, upon their kings and the people.
Their suffering was the penalty which their disobedience and wickedness
deserved. It was necessary for God to punish the backslidden and apostate
nation in order to preserve His glory, the honour of His law and to save His
government from contempt. Even men on earth appreciate governments when
they punish evil-doers and keep justice, making the world a relatively safe
place to live in. Angels and saints will justify and praise God throughout
eternity for His righteous judgments.
3. PASSIONATE INTERCESSION FOR COMPASSION AND THE NATION’S
Daniel 9:15-19; Exodus 32:11-14; Nehemiah 1:4-10; Psalm 79:4-11; Isaiah
64:9-12; Lamentations 2:17-19; Romans 10:1-4; Isaiah 55:6,7; Micah 7:18-20.
Daniel, like Moses, was a great intercessor. He pleaded with God passionately
on behalf of his people, Judah. He prayed on account of God’s faithfulness,
mercy, compassion, love, righteousness and past deliverances (Daniel 9:4,15).
He prayed for the nation’s forgiveness and restoration. In his great desire for
the nation’s deliverance and restoration to great mercies, he pleaded, “O Lord
our God”, “O my God”, “I beseech Thee”, “Let Thine anger and Thy fury be
turned away from Thy people ”. “Hear the prayer of Thy servant and his
supplication”, “cause Thy face to shine upon Thy sanctuary”. “Incline
Thine ear, and hear; open Thine eyes, and behold our desolations”. “O
Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, FOR
THINE OWN SAKE, O my God”.
His heart being burdened and broken because of the condition of his people in
captivity, Daniel’s language in prayer was earnest and strong. With words of
fervent request he sought divine intervention for the oppressed, captive
people. He consistently entreated the Lord to be merciful, to forgive, deliver
and restore them to former state and glory, “for the Lord’s sake” (Daniel
9:17,19). He was making his requests so that the excellent glory of God might
be displayed and His glory be promoted on earth. All true prayer has its
foundation in a desire that the glory of God may be promoted and the
excellence of His character displayed. The answer to his prayer was not
delayed (Daniel 9:21-23) because his request was pleasing to the Lord.
4. CORE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM DANIEL AND
HOW WE CAN APPLY THEM.
- God wants to be invited into our communities.
- God is drawn to holiness and humility.
- Corporate revival begins with individual obedience.
- Biblical unity is a majority with God.
- Breakthrough prayer releases destiny.
- God's work will always be unique.
- God uses servant leaders.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the
gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no
one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)
“He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor;
therefore His own arm brought salvation for him … (Isaiah 59:16)
“Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one
stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.”
God invites us in 2 Chronicles 7:13 -15 to invite Him to restore us and our
community. We get God in by praying and seeking Him. I have set (thee a)
watchmen upon thy walls…. which shall never hold their (your)peace day nor night:
ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence) And give him no rest, till he
establish, and (till He makes this nation a praise) in the earth. Daniel had the
opportunity and he took it. We have the opportunity to take this land! Are we going
to let the opportunity slip. According to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland,
this nation belongs to God and His kingdom must be established. No price is too
great to pay to have God’s presence. Let us empty ourselves of any form of
satisfaction and let God start the building blocks in our lives. The church is
attacked not only by the world but by the uttermost strength and powers of
hell, notwithstanding the uttermost of the devil and all his malice, we will
march on and the gates of hell cannot prevail.