Pray Like Daniel – Because of God’s Great Mercy

I love to read an Old Testament scripture and find a parallel in the New Testament.

Daniel 9:18 says, “For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.” This was from Daniel’s prayer when we he was seeking to understand the things God had shown him and other prophets.

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells a parable that directly relates to Daniel 9:18. Jesus told the parable to those that trusted in their own righteousness. In the parable, a Pharisee prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” But, another man, a tax collector, one who was despised in Israel, prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

Throughout Daniel’s prayer, one of the great men of God, he confesses his sin and asks for God’s mercy. Daniel comes to God in humility. Reading the whole of Jesus’ parable, he says that we should pray like Daniel and this tax collector.

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