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Praying For Others


Daniel 9:1-11:1

Few feelings are more frustrating than helplessness. If you’ve ever held someone’s hand while they mourned or watched a child compete, you know how it feels to desperately want something for someone else but know that it’s out of your control. But what if you had the power to change someone’s life just by asking on their behalf? 

When we pray for others, we petition God on their behalf. In Christianity, we call this intercessory prayer and when we intercede for others, we pray as earnestly for them as we would pray for ourselves.

Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9 is a demonstration of intercessory prayer. Daniel petitions the Lord on behalf of the nation of Israel. He confesses that everyone, himself included, have sinned by disobeying the Law. He acknowledges God’s righteousness for judgment against them, and begs for mercy and forgiveness.

God listens and responds to our prayers for others. Daniel did not immediately receive an answer so he fasted and prayed for weeks. When a messenger from God finally arrived, he told Daniel God had heard and sent the messenger to Daniel the very day he started praying (Daniel 10:12-13).

1 Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to “pray continually,” and Daniel’s story demonstrates the power of praying for others.  Who can you lift up in prayer today?

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