O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.

Daniel 9: 19

What a prayer Daniel offers up to God; we hear the voice of a person who desires from the deepest places in his being for God to take clear and decisive action. This sort of request requires a tremendous amount of faith and an unshakable trust in the Lord; for, what Daniel is asking for God to do removes all human input and control from the equation. This is not a prayer in which the one asking favor from God is stating any of the desired outcomes or providing a list of wants or even of wishes. It is a prayer of total surrender to the will of the Lord.

This is a great model for all of us. You see, it demonstrates the sort of yielding and submission to God’s much more accurate and complete understanding of what we and our world actually need than our frequently self-centered concepts of where and how the Lord should respond to us. Ultimately our own best interests are always served when God deals with the true, root issues of our lives; thus, when we seek out the Lord it is important to let Him know what is on our hearts and on our minds, and He will listen. It is also important to recognize the ways and the areas of our lives where we have failed to follow Him, and He will forgive us; also, it is important to trust the Lord to respond in the manner that will best serve the purposes of His kingdom, and He will act.

If this is the approach that we take to talking with the Lord each day, and this is the attitude of anticipatory trust that we hold throughout our days, we will hear the voice of the Lord, and we will experience His gracious blessing in our lives. This God-focused perspective removes our own anticipated outcome from its usual place of importance. When we live with this sort of close, trusting, and yielded attitude toward God as our daily foundation, we will experience the full calling of the Lord.