It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land.
Start with prayer. Don’t use it as a last resort, after you’ve done everything else.
I. Daniel Listened To God.
How do you listen to God?
You study his Word.
These promises provide a great foundation for prayer during a crisis.
II. Daniel Focused His Attention On God.
One of the reasons a crisis causes us so much pain is we often take our eyes off God in the middle of it
You can count your blessings or your problems. What you focus on will determine the condition of your heart!
III. Daniel Expressed His Desires With Emotion.
Your passion and intensity often reveal how much something matters to you.
You can pray with emotion
IV. Daniel Demonstrated His Seriousness.
Fasting showed how serious a person was about the request
V. Daniel Thanked God For His Love And Promises.
Thankfulness helps us see beyond our problems
VI. Daniel Humbly Confessed His Sin.
God never responds to our confession of sin with punishment
One of the most important things you can do is pray during this time