Daniel 9: 21a, 22-23a NIV
21 …while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision… 22instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed [greatly loved (ESV)].
“In verse 23, we come to the title of the message, ‘Greatly Loved’. You get a sense from Gabriel here that the answer was already being brought as Daniel prayed. Daniel had no idea, but the Lord was already preparing things in the works. When our lives are positioned by God’s Word, positioned to turn to the Lord, positioned for God’s people, and positioned as God’s servants, the Lord brings us into what he is already preparing. You get a sense that God was sending his answer the moment Daniel turned to the Lord! We are the greatly loved people of God, and we hear that again and again!“ [adapted from P. Nate’s message]
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that we are the greatly loved people of God. May your great love pour into our lives, as we turn to you again. May you send your word quickly to us as we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Let’s worship the Lord with “Living Hope“ by Phil Wickham (click here).