Daniel 9:3-10 – “So I directed my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and extends lovingkindness toward those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed wrong, and have behaved wickedly and have rebelled, turning away from Your commandments and ordinances. 6 Further, we have not listened to and heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us confusion and open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away, in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the [treacherous] acts of unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. 8 O Lord, to us belong confusion and open shame—to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers—because we have sinned against You. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and lovingkindness and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him; 10 and we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in His laws which He set before us through His servants the prophets.” Amplified
As Daniel reflected on the Word of God, the Prophecies and the Promises concerning Israel to be realized after seventy years of exile, he prayed this prayer. As I read it the immediate cry of my heart was AMERICA and the CHURCH. If there ever was a time when this nation and the world should call a fast and engage in intercessory prayer, it is today. Let me walk through Daniel’s prayer and suggest a similar path for us to follow in praying for today’s world.
He began by HALLOWING the Name and Person of God. He recognized God’s Greatness, His Awesomeness, His Covenant Keeping, His Mercy, Longsuffering and Lovingkindness toward His people. He begins by Praise and Adoration of WHO GOD IS as well as WHAT GOD DOES. What God does is a reflection and outworking of Who He is. Daniel entered the Gates and Courts of God with Thanksgiving and Praise. His first recognition was not “What he or the nation needed, but WHO GOD IS!” That conditions the heart for proper interaction with God.
His second step was ADMISSION and CONFESSION of his and the nation’s sins and acknowledged the wickedness of their behavior. He admitted their actions and attitude amounted to REBELLION. He did not shy away from the reality that they were not following God’s precepts and principles but were living as a Law unto themselves in Self-Centeredness. He acknowledged that they had turned a deaf ear to God and no longer listened to His directives either by His Spirit, through His prophets, or in His written word. They had sinned, and Daniel made an open and honest confession. There was no sugar-coating, justification, or seeking caveats through which they could be absolved of any guilt. They were GUILTY of sin and He CONFESSED and ACCEPTED his and the nation’s responsibility for their actions.
He then recounts WHO GOD IS saying, “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord…” He follows that with accepting personal responsibility saying, “But to us confusion and open shame, as is this day…” We are Guilty! He called their actions treacherous and identified the unfaithfulness as the cause of open shame, confusion, and rejection. He said, “WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU.”
If you move down just a few verses you find the Arch Angel Gabriel coming with an answer from the Father and the Promise of help. It would behoove us to remember the words of Jesus in Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Also, 2 Chronicles 7:14 enjoins us that if we will repent, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from wickedness He will HEAR our prayers, FORGIVE our sins, and HEAL our land.
Believers, if we are going to see God’s Restoration and Deliverance of our Nation and a Renewal and or Revival in the Church we need to heed, embrace, and adopt Daniel’s prayer. We need to heed the words of our Lord in Matthew 6:33, “…Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” It is then that ALL THESE THINGS are added to us, deliverance comes, and God’s Spirit moves through the land in the hearts and minds of people and we are RESTORED.
God bless you as you set your hearts to seek him for the nation, the church, your family, and yourself. Have a Great Day!