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Daniel’s Intercessory Prayer

Text: Daniel 9:1-23
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: 9/27/2009

A famous preacher once said that it is easier to preach a sermon than to engage in private prayer. Sometimes I have people ask me how to pray. What sounds so simple can be really hard. One way to learn is by example.

This Sunday morning we will be in the first part of Daniel 9 in which we have one of the most outstanding examples of intercessory prayer in the Bible. Daniel approaches God with reverence and humility and prays according to His revealed will.

One remarkable feature of this prayer is how Daniel intercedes on behalf of God’s people, confessing their sins and pleading for their restoration to the land. Why does Daniel confess the sins of Israel for which he was not personally responsible?

Another interesting feature of this prayer is that Daniel prays for what God has already revealed that He will do (restore Israel to its land after 70 years in exile – Jer. 25:8-11 29:10-14). Why pray if God has already determined to do something? (Answer: God uses means.)

As Daniel interceded for God’s people under the Old Covenant, we are reminded of Jesus who, though innocent, interceded for His people and even took responsibility for our guilt.

Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Text: Daniel 6
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 20, 2009

We have come to the famous passage in which Daniel is cast into the lion’s den because he refused to obey the edict that no-one pray to anyone except the king. Daniel sets a moral example (Dare to be a Daniel) as he refuses to compromise his faith and honors God through faithfulness in prayer. Daniel also points us to Christ who also was the victim of a conspiracy on the part of jealous enemies who manipulated a weak ruler. Both Jesus and Daniel are miraculously delivered from death and God’s enemies are subsequently crushed.

We also see a picture of God’s deliverance of us. While King Darius was unable to rescue Daniel because of his own laws, our God and King has rescued us from judgment without compromising His justice. God also again demonstrates His sovereignty over world rulers, which was a comfort to His oppressed exiled people in Daniel’s day and should be a wonderful consolation to us today.

Philippians 2

Text: Philippians 2:19-30
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: September 13, 2009

Most sermons from this chapter tend to focus upon the humiliation of the Lord Jesus in His Incarnation and the extreme example of service and self-denial that He sets for His followers. I am taking the lesser known “back half” which chronicles some of the faithful service and testimony of Timothy and Epaphroditus with regard to their labors directed to Paul, to Christ, and to His church. Their lives and faithfulness were indeed remarkable.

Today we will see practical examples of “service and self-denial” as we consider the lives of these two stalwarts in the faith. Be reminded that we have been blessed even in this present day by their efforts of so long ago. Consider anew your own efforts and energies towards Kingdom work and the legacy you hope to leave behind when this earthly sojourn ends.

Are You Content of Covetous?

Text: I Timothy 6:6-10
Speaker: Curt Arend
Date: September 6, 2009

In this day and age, even Christians can be ensnared in having inordinate longing for riches. Paul warns of the danger of doing so and exhorts us to be content with the simple things in life. Our great need is perspective from the Word of God. Ultimately, we must be a people who treasure Christ above any earthly circumstances. He is enough to satisfy our deepest longings in this world.

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