The Power Of The Blood
“Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God…the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.” – Daniel 9:20-21
Daniel was praying in Babylon and there was no temple or altar in Babylon. There was no evening sacrifice made. As a matter of fact, it had been almost seventy years since a sacrifice had been made in the temple. The time for the evening sacrifice was between 3 and 4 pm in the afternoon. That’s when the sacrificial animals were slain. And although Daniel was away from his homeland and the temple, he remembered the time of the evening sacrifice and the hour for prayer. It is also known as “the ninth hour.”
Daniel says that he was praying at the time of the evening sacrifice. That is to say that he was praying while conscience of the blood sacrifice that was made in the temple long ago .
I would have us to be mindful of the fact that Jesus died exactly the same hour as the evening sacrifice! “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is, to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) And it was that same hour that Daniel was praying; only Daniel was praying long after the time of those animal sacrifices and hundreds of years before Jesus’ death.
Daniel’s prayer, like any prayer that has ever been offered, will only get to heaven on the basis of a blood sacrifice. Whether that sacrifice was made seventy years ago, as in Daniel’s case, or two thousand years ago as in our case, we need to connect our prayers to Calvary and the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
Pray Under The Blood.