Daniel 9: Living to Glorify God
Daniel 9 shows an interesting picture of a man who believed in the power of prayer. Daniel prayed to God to allow the children of Israel to return to their home in Jerusalem. However, the interesting part about that is Daniel knew that the people would be returning. It had been prophesied by Jeremiah in Jeremiah 25:12 that the children of Israel would be captive for 70 years.
Therefore, Daniel knew that the time was coming, but he still prayed for the people of Israel.
Dan 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Dan 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
Dan 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Daniel could have easily assumed that the prophecy was going to come true because he did believe in the power of God. He knew that God would fulfill His promise, so he could have just operated in neutral and rolled along. However, he understood that there was something that needed to be done. He understood that it was important for himself and the people to be right with God.
Daniel remembered that the chief purpose of humanity is to glorify God, and we can do that by asking for forgiveness from God and living our lives in a way that imitates that of Jesus Christ.
God never leaves a promise unfulfilled, so I have no doubt that He would have come through even if Daniel had not prayed. It is not like God would have gone back on His word that he gave to Jeremiah. However, what we can learn here is that Daniel realized his responsibility to live his life in the right way. Like Daniel, we know that we can be saved through Jesus Christ, but there is then the desire to live our lives in a way that glorifies God.
Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?