We continued our series on the book of Daniel this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by turning to Daniel’s famous prayer in chapter 9. Daniel’s prayer takes place in the first year of Cyrus’ reign, around 539 BC, and references Jeremiah 25:10-11 in recognizing that the time of the exile is reaching its conclusion. Daniel has been in exile for more than 60 years, but his imagination has not been closed in by the suffering of exile. Instead his prayer takes flight through an imagination set fire by the revelations of God.
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3)
Exile and the Question of Faith (Daniel 9:1)
Exile Faith and Scripture (Daniel 9:2-3)
Exile Faith and the Prayer of Repentance (Daniel 9:4-10)
Exile Faith and the Prayer for Restoration (Daniel 9:11-19)
Exile Faith and Apocalyptic Answers (Daniel 9:20-27)