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So I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and petitions, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. Bible

“set my face.” An idiom which here means “gave my attention to,” “set my focus on,” and we can see that Daniel was very serious when he did this because he prayed and fasted in sackcloth and ashes. Sackcloth is like our burlap; rough and scratchy. It was very uncomfortable clothing, and what Daniel did was designed to show God that he understood that God’s plans and purposes were more important than Daniel’s personal comfort, and that he was very serious about getting his prayers heard.


Commentary for: Daniel 9:3