A Daily Prayer based on Daniel 9:20-27 for 6/25/2016

N.B. While there is much in this prophetic section that is challenging to interpret correctly, I would offer the following observations. The decree to rebuild Jerusalem was issued either in 458 BC or 445 BC (depending on how the instructions to Nehemiah and Ezra are interpreted). Starting from 458 BC using a solar calendar or starting from 445 BC using a lunar calendar and counting 69 x 7 = 483 years to that start date brings us right to the time of Christ, who clearly then is the “Anointed One” who is to come. In fact, some scholars, using the 445 BC date and the lunar calendar which was in use by the Jews at this time, calculate that the end of the 483 years coincides precisely, right to the day, to the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. The Messiah is “cut off” at the end of the 483 years, a reference to the crucifixion of Christ. Then there is a break of undetermined length between the end of the 69th week and the beginning of the 70th week (it is “after the sixty-two sevens” that Messiah is cut off, and then some time later the 70th week starts). Some hold that the 70th week is still future, and is to be identified with the great tribulation period immediately before Christ’s second coming. Others, such as myself, think that the 70th week is a reference to the Roman-Jewish war that began in 66 AD, resulted in the destruction of the city and temple in 70 AD (halfway through that final week of years), and ended with the destruction of the final holdouts on Masada in 73 AD. Lord Jesus, I pray that you will teach me and ______________________ to pray as Daniel did. May we be quick to confess our own sin and the sin of our people, and to make request to you for our city and nation. We pray that as answers were given to Daniel as soon as he began to pray, so you may grant answers to our prayers. We claim the promise of Scripture that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. May we be esteemed in your eyes as Daniel was. We acknowledge you this day as the “Anointed One” of Daniel’s prophecy. We thank you that you were willing to be cut off and have nothing in order that we might have eternal life. You are the one who has put an end to sin by atoning for wickedness, and we take refuge in your death on our behalf. You are the one who brings in everlasting righteousness, and we pray that your righteousness may be fully displayed in our lives. We pray that your righteousness will be displayed in our church, our city, and our nation so that we may be spared the judgment that fell on the nation of Israel because it rejected you. Forgive us our sins as a people and turn our hearts back to you. Amen. Daniel 9:20-27 The Seventy "Sevens" 20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill- 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision: 24 "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. 25 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. "

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Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to see restoration, it will come only by the grace of God's mercy. We have the assurance of Scripture that "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture.

About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.