‘Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. ‘
We serve a merciful, forgiving God. God is a loving God but He is a Holy God as well. Because God is Holy, He must judge and separate those who do not keep His commandments. God wants to forgive and God wants to show mercy, but are we praying for it?
In context, God’s people were taken into Babylonian captivity. They were exiled and caused to serve another nation and their leaders. They were made to bow and worship false gods and serve the gods of the pagans. But Daniel didn’t. Daniel was a man committed to Jehovah God. Daniel was a man who prayed and made a difference.
We need to pray for our nation, for our churches, and for our faithful followers of Christ. As a nation we are experiencing troublesome times that have come and taken us captive in our minds and in our hearts. We are facing extreme spiritual division and rebellion.
Daniel knew that the only thing that could make a difference was to pray to God. He humbled himself and set his face toward the Lord and began to beg God for mercy and forgiveness. Can you be like Daniel today and pray for God to show mercy and forgiveness upon our nation? Can you have confidence that God will hear our prayers?
America needs a revival but it will not happen until the people of God turn back to him with humble hearts. America needs our churches and Christians to turn the world around. It will only take a few who pray with intensity and confidence. Can you be that person today?
Lord, our nation has turned away from You and fallen into the captivity of the evil one. We need You to show mercy and forgive us of our sins. Hear us Lord and hold back Your judgments upon us.