Bible Ballistics: BBs #591 Daniel Prayed–Will You???
I would like to paraphrase of a passage of scripture that has grabbed my heart this week as I was reading and studying for a Bible study class. I pray that it will reach out to your heart and call each of us to be willing to identify with the desperate condition of our land, our culture, and our world! I will share my paraphrase and at the end Daniel’s actual prayer. I would encourage you to spend some time in Daniel chapter 9 this week.
“I determined to pray,
and seek God’s face
in total mourning.
I prayed unto The Lord, my God;
confessing my own sin
as well as the sin of my people.
I praised God for His awesome power and might, for His faithfulness to keep His word, His covenants, and His promises—both those for blessings and those for judgment.
O Lord, we have sinned, doing wrong, behaving wickedly, rebelling against YOU, oh Lord, and we have forsaken Your Word, Your will, and Your ways.
We have not heeded or listened to those you sent to preach truth to us all; to our fathers and mothers; to our teachers and professors, to our mayors, governors, congressional leaders, and our judges and presidents; to all the people of our land!
O Lord, you are the righteous Lord of all, and even knowing your truth, we have rejected You, Your word, and Your ways. We deserve the confusion and chaos that is rampant in our land, for we have turned away from You to go our own way—those who claim Your name as well as those who don’t know you at all—those in the country—those in the city—those who are educated—those who are less educated; all have walked away from Your way!
O Lord, we deserve the consequences of our choices that have come upon us, but by Thy mercy we have not been totally consumed—the small and the great—the rich and the poor—those of every political persuasion! We have abandoned truth for lies, and now can’t grasp how we could be in the shape that we are in. We have sinned against You!
Praise Your name, O Lord, for we have abandoned You, and yet your mercy has been extended to us beyond measure. You have called us again and again back to Yourself, yet we have continued to refuse to respond in repentance or faith!
You have called again and again, yet we have all refused to hear Your word, and can’t comprehend why we are reaping the harvest that we sowed!
We haven’t heeded Your Word and or responded to your grace and truth, instead we have continued to cling to our sinful and wicked ways, doing our best to relabel all our pet sins and legitimize them.
O Lord, we don’t deserve your mercy because of our great sin, but O Lord, we ask that you restore us to your favor by bringing conviction, grace and truth to those who will heed. Spare us from your judgment, which we totally deserve, and save us.
O Lord, hear the prayer of your servants, and save us today? You are righteous, holy and good—and we need the salvation that Jesus bought for us at Calvary!
O Lord, hear?
O Lord, forgive?
Oh Lord, hearken and do
your work of grace and redemption upon our land,
not because we deserve it,
but because of Your great love and mercy! Amen and Amen”
And here is Daniel’s prayer for his people, made in total identification with his sinful people, may we not exalt ourselves, but identify with our fallen nation and seek God’s face while there is still time.
“And I set my face unto the Lord God,
to seek by prayer and supplications,
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said,
O Lord, the great and dreadful God,
keeping the covenant and mercy
that love him,
and to them
that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned,
and have committed iniquity,
and have done wickedly,
and have rebelled,
even by departing from thy precepts
and from thy judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants
which spake in thy name
to our kings,
and our fathers,
and to all the people of the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee,
but unto us confusion of faces,
as at this day;
to the men of Judah,
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and unto all Israel,
that are near,
and that are far off,
through all the countries
whither thou hast driven them,
because of their trespass
that they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord,
to us belongeth confusion of face,
to our kings,
to our princes,
and to our fathers,
because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong
though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed
the voice of the LORD our God,
to walk in his laws,
which he set before us
by his servants
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law,
even by departing,
that they might not obey thy voice;
therefore the curse is poured upon us,
and the oath that is written
in the law of Moses the servant of God,
because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words,
which he spake against us,
and against our judges that judged us,
by bringing upon us a great evil:
for under the whole heaven hath not
been done as hath been done
13 As it is written in the law of Moses,
all this evil is come upon us:
yet made we not our prayer
before the LORD our God,
that we might turn from our iniquities,
and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the LORD watched
upon the evil,
and brought it upon us:
for the LORD our God is righteous
in all his works which he doeth:
for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God,
that hast brought thy people forth
out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand,
and hast gotten thee renown,
as at this day;
we have sinned,
we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness,
I beseech thee,
let thine anger and thy fury
be turned away from thy city Jerusalem,
thy holy mountain:
because for our sins,
and for the iniquities of our fathers,
Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach
to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God,
hear the prayer of thy servant,
and his supplications,
and cause thy face to shine
upon thy sanctuary that is desolate,
for the Lord’s sake.
18 O my God,
incline thine ear,
open thine eyes,
and behold our desolations,
and the city which is called by thy name:
for we do not present our supplications
for our righteousnesses,
but for thy great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear;
O Lord, forgive;
O Lord, hearken
and do; defer not,
for thine own sake,
O my God:
for thy city
and thy people
are called by thy name.” Daniel 9:2-19
Even so Lord Jesus! Amen and Amen!