Daniel 9:18 KJV records, “For we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV echoes, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.’
EG White, The Great Controversy, vol 4, 1884, p. 302 writes, “The more their minds dwell upon the character of Christ, and the nearer they approach to his divine image, the more clearly will they discern its spotless perfection, and the more deeply will they feel their own weakness and defects.”
Supplication is an act of pleading humbly before the Only True/Sovereign God the Father of all universe and His Son Jesus Christ. It is an offering of self to the Lord with fear and trembling. Recognizing the authority of Heaven and the claims of God’s Holy Law. This gift of communication is free to those who confess sins, seek repentance, and claim victory in Christ. Only with a contrite heart and a broken spirit can supplication be effective.
Daniel was beloved of God. Why? Because he is so humble that he identifies himself with his people-a nation who committed iniquity. That he confessed his need of God’s mercy. And plead in behalf of them.
In his prayer in Daniel 9 he sees his own weakness and defects. Thus a need of a Savior. Prayer is offered when we know daily our need for sanctification. Prayer is said when we know Jesus, the Son of God. Prayer is meaningful when we know we can access our Father’s mercy through faith in Christ. Indeed praying to God in humility demonstrates our understanding of who we are, our conditions, and our need of the Lord.
Today I will not yield to temptation but only to Christ. I will not succumb to sin but only to the Spirit of Christ. I will not obey and be a slave to iniquity but only to the transforming power and glorious presence of Jesus Christ, my only Master, in my life. Thus, I desire His Holy Spirit to cleanse, purify, renew, mold, make me his child.
Sincerely in the Blessed Hope.
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