Listen Carefully

Scripture: Daniel 9.  

(What is God saying here?)

Daniel 9:20-23 (NLT)
20 I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the LORD my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain.
21 As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice.
22 He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding.
23 The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.

(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

So often we read the Word of God and we may be puzzled as to what God might be saying to us. Daniel went through a time where he prayed and prayed for himself and for the great burden he had for his people. God was gracious and sent the angel Gabriel to enlighten Daniel. Imagine the angel coming to you and helping to clear up a few things for you that have burdened your prayer life before our holy God. Imagine that out of all of God’s people that may be praying at the time, that God would say through one of His angels that from the very moment you began praying God heard you, knew the sincerity of your heart and immediately answered your prayer by issuing a command, because you are so precious to God. Wow! What a revelation that would be! I wonder if it would even be necessary for the angel to tell us to listen carefully. I have a strange feeling that we would be all ears. Friends, I am convinced that my God loves me this much and that He would even send an angel to help me understand what He would have me to know. After all, God sacrificed His one and only Son because of His love for us, even while we were so undeserving. Let’s not give up on God. I can assure you that He has not given up on us.

(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, thank You for hearing my prayer. Thank You for loving me so much that You would go to the extent that You went for Daniel, Your servant. I know that You are well aware of how confused we become at times when our selfish desires and wants get so much in the way that it is virtually impossible to hear and understand what a perfect and holy God would say to us. Please work in my life so that I may become:

  • Holy, as You are holy;
  • Obedient, as You expect of Your child;
  • Giving, in appreciation of the great sacrifice You gave, so that I might have the assurance of eternal life;
  • Forgiving, in response to Your forgiveness of my sin; and
  • Loving and understanding, in response to the love poured out for me at Calvary, even when I was so undeserving of it.


**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:

Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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