Daniel 9a: Daniel’s Great Prayer of Confession and Intercession

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I preached this sermon on Sunday morning, 11-13-11 at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana  USA.

Sermon Title: Daniel’s Great Prayer of Confession and Intercession

Sermon Passage: Daniel 9:1-19

Sermon Purpose: Read every word of the text of Scripture and focus on the specifics of Daniel’s prayer with applications for our prayer life.

Overall Evaluation:
I was able to accomplish my goals but the sermon ended up being too busy—too many different things going on at once.

Strengths:
1. I wisely split Dan 9 into 2 parts—one sermon to focus on the prayer and one to focus on the prophecy: 2 different animals, 2 different sermons!
2. The application was simple and easy to follow—3 parts to prayer: Adoration, Confession, and Petition.
3. The invitation for people to actually pray was a good way to close the sermon.
4. The stories helped the heaviness and seriousness of the sermon.

Weaknesses:
1. My title was blah! Probably a better one would have been: Daniel’s Great Prayer.
2. Too much teaching! I probably should have thrown overboard some of the background info.
3. Too long! 12 sins…7 petitions…2 things…1 yawn…! Wink
4. This sermon needed a tighter focus—what Daniel prayed and how to apply it!

Comments:
I was disappointed I didn’t get more feeling into this sermon.  Again, each sermon can appeal to the mind, the emotions, and the will. I think I did OK appealing to the will, a lot appealing to the mind, but that left a deficit on the emotions. The stories helped a bit to make an emotional connection, but a person could have come away thinking prayer is pretty dry. Prayer is hard! But it doesn’t have to be dry!

The grades I give myself on this sermon:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 7.75
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: C+

*A lesson you can learn from this sermon:
People came away with the Big Ideas—we need to pray, and we need to pray more, and how to pray.  Not bad for one sermon, though any one of these goals would have been enough for one sermon! It’s best to focus on one big idea and do that well in a sermon.

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