“O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary."
Daniel 9:17, NLT
Something is changing in my heart, and I'm not sure it's a very popular opinion: I don't hate that our churches are closed. I am encouraged by my pastor who often reminds me the church building is not where God's presence is. Remember, a day is coming, and is already here, when we won't worship God on a temple or in a mountain, but in spirit and truth (John 4). Yes, God's presence lives in the hearts of His believers, whose lives reflect the Spirit that lives with in them.
Enter Daniel. He's certainly a big biblical character. Yet, we don't often study him pleading with God to "smile again on your desolate sanctuary." Smile, here, is better translated enlighten. Can you imagine the darkened temple being illuminated as the torches were lit up? At first a little light, then more, until finally every corner could be clearly seen.
The temples of our hearts are darkened. Some have been darkened long before the word coronavirus had ever been heard by our ears or muttered by our lips. So I pray, as Daniel did, that God would light up our hearts. We are suffering a punishment that was due us, but God is merciful. I pray God lights our hearts - not for our sake, but for His.
Read the entire chapter of Daniel 9 HERE, and let yourself feel the realness, the humanness of Daniel's words.
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