And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.” Daniel 9:4
We’ve seen it in many comedic movies: A frustrated person is seeking information from a government agency only to be told numerous times that he is in the wrong office. “I don’t handle that complaint. You need the folks on the fourth floor”—the search for answers often seems never ending. Such a scene illustrates a theological point: It’s not enough to make a sincere request in prayer. It is more important to pray to the right Person, the One who actually has the power and authority to answer the prayer.
When Daniel began praying about the release of God’s people from captivity in Babylon, he began his prayer with an acknowledgement of God’s ability, authority, and faithfulness. He addressed God as “great” and “awesome,” as merciful and promise keeping. Mercy implies forgiveness; promise keeping implies faithfulness; great and awesome imply power and authority. Daniel knew he was praying to the God who could answer his prayers.
Imitate Daniel’s prayer in your own life by confessing who God is as a way to build your faith.
The recognition of who God is, is a lifelong process. Elisabeth Elliot
Great and Awesome – Daniel 9:1-19 – Skip Heitzig