God of Mercy
Category : General
Daniel 9: 18 (KJV)
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
“I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praise, so shall I be saved from my enemies.”
Here in this short clause breathes a wonderful fervor and vehemence of prayer.
However, Daniel pours forth his words as if he were carried out of himself. Daniel here only displays some portion of his feelings; there is no doubt of his wishing to bear witness to the whole Church how vehemently and fervently he prayed with the view of inflaming others with similar ardor. In this verse, he says, O my God, incline thine ear and hear. It would have been sufficient simply to have said, hearken; but as God seemed to remain deaf notwithstanding so many prayers and entreaties, the Prophet begs him to incline his ear. It has been noted that there seem to be a silent antithesis here, because the faithful had seemed to be uttering words to the deaf, while their groans had been continually carried upwards to heaven during seventy years without the slightest effect. He adds next, open thine eyes and see. For God’s neglecting to answer must have cast down the hopes of the pious, because the Israelites were treated so undeservedly. They were oppressed by every possible form of reproach, and suffered the most grievous molestation in their fortunes as well as in everything else. Yet God passed by all these calamities of his people, as if his eyes were shut; and for this reason, Daniel now prays him to open his eyes.
Let us learn and remember that it is profitable for us to take note of whatever situation or circumstances which we find ourselves, and to pay close attention with much diligence, the working of God. The lesson for us and the purpose before us is to help us to understand and learn how to pray to God. As it pointed out, first, when at peace and able to utter our petitions without the slightest disquietude, and next, when sorrow and anxiety seize upon all our senses, and darkness everywhere surrounds us; even then our prayers should be steadily continued in the midst of these great obstacles. Our opportunity arises when the very vast necessities overwhelm us, because God then stirs us up, and, as I have said, corrects our slowness. Let us learn, therefore, to accustom ourselves to vehemence in prayer whenever God urges and incites us by stimulus of this kind.
let us also remember that every goodness in our lives is the result of God’s mercy and not our own merit. God my God, we cry out, your beloved needs You now!
Have a great and God filled!