Sun, May 31, 2020

How to Pray in a Crisis

Walking Through The Valleys of Life - Part 7
May 31, 2020 

Preschool Lesson:  Journeys for Jesus
Elementary Lesson: GROW Let's Talk

Worship Leaders: Miguel Torres, Jim Carlile, Cheryl Young
Sermon: Pastor Ruben Ortega

Sermon YouTube link: How to Pray in a Crisis

Daniel 9:1-23

  • Let God speak to you before you speak to Him.

1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.”  (Daniel 9:1-2 )

  • Focus your attention on God.

3a Then I turned my face to the Lord God …”  (Daniel 9:3 a)

  • Express your desires to God with emotion.

3b ... seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.”  (Daniel 9:3 b)

  • Demonstrate your seriousness to God by fasting.

3b ... with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.”  (Daniel 3 :b)

  • Thank God for His love and promises.

4 I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments …”  (Daniel 9:4 )

9To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him …” (Daniel 3:9 )

  • Humbly confess your sins to God.

5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. 8 To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him 10 and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets … 13 As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14 Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice … 16b Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us … 18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.”  (Daniel 3:5-10 , 13-14, 16b, 18)

God’s Response To Daniel:

20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for the holy hill of my God, 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.”  (Daniel 3:20-23 )

God’s Promise To His People:

14 … if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14 )

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