"O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." Daniel 9:18 (NASB)
There was too much to unpack in just one day from this verse so we're back at it again today. Today's focus is all about God's compassion for us. His response to our prayers has nothing to do with us. Of course our part of the equation would include bringing our requests to God but He doesn't respond based on our merit. Daniel makes this clear, "...for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion."
It's God's compassion towards you that brings His ear in your direction. It's not something you've earned. It's His compassion for us that causes Him to not only hear our prayers and respond but it's that same compassion that motivates Him to grant us forgiveness. When we buy into the "merit based" prayer model or the "merit based" forgiveness model we are in essence trying to cheat God out of who He is. We're making a play to shift the focus away from Him and back on to us. It's not about you and I, it's about Him.
Be encouraged and keep moving forward.
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