Teaching Why God Answers Prayers — Daniel 9

Daniel’s prayer reveals why God answers prayers: God always keeps His covenant of love. Love motivates everything God does. God’s covenant of love is “with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Daniel 9:4). The Book of Daniel reveals why God always heard Daniel’s prayers: Daniel loved God and kept His commandments.

Rightly praying the Lord’s Prayer reveals the believer’s love for God and their desire to always keep God’s commandments. In praying the Lord’s Prayer, believers tell the truth about God. They pray: “Our Father, which art in heaven.” They acknowledge that God is their Father in heaven. By God’s grace, their faith in the Son of God made it possible for them to enter into a covenant of love relationship with God as their Father.

Because believers love God, in response to God’s great love for them in sending Jesus into the world, they want God’s Name to be hallowed; that is, revered, respected, and held in holy honor by all people. As they pray the Lord’s Prayer, they revere, respect, and hold God’s name in holy honor. They honor God’s Name not only in prayer but by obeying, or sincerely and prayerfully trying to obey with the help of the Holy Spirit, everything that Jesus has commanded in the Bible.

As believers pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven,” they truly want God to reign over them and the world as the Lord and King over all. They want to obey and serve their Lord and King. They want the Lord’s will to be done in their lives and in the world, and as they pray they consecrate and reconsecrate themselves to doing God’s will as it is done in heaven.

With Daniel as an example when he prayed, when believers pray with these kinds of sincere commitments as represented by the Lord’s Prayer, God will always hear and answer their prayers and they can trust that if their prayers seem unanswered or not answered as they hoped that means God loves them so much He had a better plan for them. Everyone can trust the Bible, and the Bible teaches that God will hear the prayers of those who love him: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

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