Daniel 7-9 (The Daily Walk Bible).
In Daniel 9, Daniel discovers that Israel’s punishment is almost at an end, so he prays for forgiveness and restoration. Why? Didn’t he trust that God was going to do what he said and return the people to Jerusalem?
Many would say that we are to pray boldly. Hebrews 4:16 actually says that we should boldly approach the throne of grace, which says more about our willingness than our attitude! Scripture does teach that we need to pray with faith (faith that God hears, and that God answers), but even our faith needs to be touched by humility. We are not to be presumptuous in our prayers, imagining that we get to order God about! Here we see Daniel pleading with God to show mercy, as he promised, even going to the point where he confesses not only his own sin, but the nations sins as well. He doesn’t demand that God do what He said He was going to, but instead just pleads for God’s mercy for the nation. Do we have that kind of humility in our prayer lives?
“Humility is an indispensable requisite of true prayer. It must be an attribute, a characteristic of prayer. Humility must be in the praying character as light is in the sun. Prayer has no beginning, no ending, no being, without humility. As a ship is made for the sea, so prayer is made for humility, and so humility is made for prayer.” (E. M. Bounds)