Prayer in Times of Crisis

Andy Nearpass

Read: Daniel 9

I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God . . . (vv. 20-21)

Do you go looking for God when trouble comes your way? Or have you been talking to him all along? It’s good to have a doctor before you enter an emergency room. Sooner or later we will all face trouble. It might be physical, relational, or national, but crisis will eventually come our way. The Lord knows you, but do you know him? When an emergency comes, it’s right to call on the Lord. How much better to already be in conversation with him, than to have to stop and introduce yourself when trouble comes.

In today’s passage, Daniel faces a national crisis, but he didn’t need to introduce himself to the Lord. He was already a man of prayer. In fact, after outlawing prayer to the living God, his enemies caught Daniel praying and had him thrown in the lion’s den. Now in Daniel 9, he is troubled by a national crisis. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its inhabitants are exiled; God’s name has taken a serious beating. So Daniel prays to the all-powerful, promise-keeping God, whom he knew well. God’s answer is amazing.

How about you? Will you wait for trouble to come before you pray, or are you already on a first-name basis with the 9-1-1 dispatcher? —Andy Nearpass

Prayer: Merciful God, help me to call on you in the good days as well as in times of trouble.