Life Group May 26 – June 1 /2019
Text: Daniel 9:1-19
Welcome and Icebreaker: Describe a time when the Lord answered your prayers in a big way.
Main Idea: Effective prayer is built on Scripture, involves humility, ascribes praise to God, includes repentance from sin and ends with a plea for His glory.
1.As you read this passage are there any words or phrases that jump out at you that you would like to explore further? Are there any initial questions you have after reading this passage? What do you think is the idea of this passage?
2. How did Daniel determine the length of Jerusalem’s desolation (Lev
26:2b – 4; 26:33; 2 Chron 36:21)? God promised to release his people after
seventy years of captivity. If God decreed that the exile would soon be over, why
did Daniel need to pray? (cf., Jeremiah 29:10-14). How can looking in the
Scriptures broaden our prayer lives?
3. List the details of how Daniel started this prayer. What attitude of heart does
sackcloth, ashes and fasting represent (cf., Ez 8:21, 23). What does Daniel know
about God? In verses 4-19, which aspects of God’s character did Daniel appeal
to as the basis of his requests?
4. Daniel prayed for all of Israel not just for himself. Why did Daniel feel the need to identify with Israel’s sin? According to Daniel 9:5-6,
what were the Israelites’ sins? What were the consequences of their rebellion
(V. 8)? Why is corporate repentance necessary?
5. What are the various elements of his prayer? How is this like and unlike the manner in which Christians often pray today? What specific insights about your own prayer
life can you glean from Daniel’s prayer?
6. Is there anything in this passage that the Lord has impressed on your heart that you would like to apply in your life? How can we pray for you?
Pray for One Another: Spend time praying through your blessing list and take time to pray for the individual needs of the life group members.