Don’t try to explain away this great miracle. It came like all other miracles, by faith. Any faith that looks much on outward circumstances will fail. God is not bound by circumstances. PRAISE GOD!
It is wrong to have our faith dependent on circumstances. Rather, we should depend on God who is above all circumstances.
Our salvation does not depend on feeling: You are saved whether you feel like it or not. A lost man may feel good or even saved, but that does not mean he is. So let us put our dependence on Christ and His Word.
If He said to Peter, “Come,” then Peter had a right to expect Jesus to take care of him. Look at verses 22-23 again: This is great!
What a picture of our day: Jesus has gone to sit at the right hand of God the Father, while we are here in the midst of a storm tossed sea in a place of peril.
Verse 25, the fourth watch is about 3AM to daylight. I believe Jesus is coming again on the fourth watch. We do not know the date, but we can know the time and season.
Verse 26, You say preacher this guy is superstitious. Well, you might be too. I like what the fellow in Tennessee said, “I didn’t usta believe in ghosts neither, til I seen one.”
Look at verse 27, Jesus always brings cheer when He comes along.
Verse 28, This is quite a bold request by Peter, for which he has been criticized.
William Carey said, “Expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God.”
Look at verse 29, WOW!
And you say Peter had no faith? This is not a man of failure! No wonder God used him in such a great way in the book of Acts.
How can we cause Christ to shine on our church – life?
Read Daniel 9:1-19 again.
I. SPEND MORE TIME READING AND PRAYING!
You say, preacher, I knew you would say that. Wonderful, now then let’s do it.
Four ingredients to prayer given by Daniel:
- Adoration verse 4.
- Thanksgiving verse 4.
- Confession verses 5-15.
- Petition verses 16-19.
II. AS STUDYING AND PRAYING – PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT HE IS SAYING.
Dr. Scofield said, “Prophetic study is intended to lead to a deeper spiritual life.”
What you do with the Bible determines what God does with you. And you make much of the Bible and God will make much of you.
III. TALK TO HIM A LITTLE MORE OFTEN TO HELP IN UNDERSTAND HIS WORD.
IV. CONTINUALLY LIVE IN HIS WILL AND SEEK TO PLEASE HIM DAY BY DAY.
V. IF NOT SAVED, RECEIVE HIM AS SAVIOUR
Daniel was truly concerned for Israel in verses 18-19.
Daniel 9:1-19, verses 17, “Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate.”
Comment on Daniel sitting and studying the book of Jeremiah and in particular 25:1-11.
Daniel was now 90 years old. Notice that God did not give him “visions and dreams.” He gave him His Word. Beware of those who have visions and dreams not consistent with the Word of God.
Chapter nine is the key to the prophecy in Daniel, and it is the most important prophecy concerning the end times and seventy weeks (490 years).
There are two different periods of time spoken of:
- The End Time.
- The Seventy Years captivity in Babylon.
As Daniel was studying the Word of God he found that there were only 2 more years in captivity, because he had been in for 68 years at this point. We know this because it was 68 years from Nebuchadnezzar to Darius in 539 BC. This of course caused Daniel to be very happy to say the least.
Then as he continued studying the Word of God he suddenly became burdened to pray. By the way, the two always go together: study and pray.
When you have a hard time understanding the Bible it is a warning that something may be wrong. It could be sin, if nothing else the sin of not praying.
Why did Daniel ask to go to Jerusalem when he already knew from Jeremiah that he would be delivered in two years?
Because God wanted him to find His will and then pray for it.
The same is true for us: He wants for us to find His will and then begin to pray. This is quite a truth! Most Christians are looking for His will without ever praying. It may be that they are in the perfect will of God, but do not recognize it because they fail to pray. Wow!
Obviously, this must have been a happy time in prayer for Daniel.
Daniel was burdened about the Sanctuary being desolate and asked God to shine upon it.