I just completed the Old Testament book of Daniel in my chronological reading plan. If your kids or grandkids need a hero to look up to? He’s the man! The book itself is 12 chapters in length but it covers Daniel’s life from teenager to old man. I find that interesting. I look back on my life and see at least 20 chapters so far and not one of them can stand up to one of Daniel’s! To be reading these prophetic books at this time in history has been nothing short of profound.
Listen to this:
Daniel, he said, man of quality, listen carefully to my message… (Daniel 10.11 MSG)
Man of quality – y’all, for a heavenly messenger to call you by that term? Extraordinary.
What gets my attention though for sharing with you is from chapter nine. It tells us Daniel was reading the scrolls of Jeremiah, praying, fasting, wearing “penitential” burlap, and kneeling in ashes. When was the last time we did THAT?
Daniel knew how to pray. He prayed the way I like to pray – reminding God of WHO and WHAT He has said and promised!
Listen to this:
O Master, great and august God. You never waver in your covenant commitment, never give up on those who love You and do what You say. YET we have sinned in every way imaginable… (Daniel 9.4 MSG)
Do you hear it? He is confessing the sins of all the people. Remember, Daniel is a man of QUALITY. I don’t believe for one second the next sentence describes Daniel, “We’ve done evil things, rebelled, dodged and taken detours around Your clearly marked paths. We’ve turned a deaf ear to Your servants…but all we have to show for our lives is guilt and shame, the whole lot of us…” (Daniel 9.5-6)
Daniel made corporate confession for his people and country. And, then he prayed this:
Compassion is our only hope, the compassion of You, The Master, our God, since in our rebellion we’ve forfeited our rights. We paid no attention to You when You told us how to live, the clear teaching that came through Your servants the prophets…we ignored…we defiled…now we’re paying for it… (Daniel 9.9-12 MSG)
Can you think of sins WE could corporately confess in our country? I sure can. I may not be kneeling in ashes and wearing scratchy burlap…but I am praying the same words of my brother Daniel.
Compassion is our only HOPE, the compassion of You, The Master, our God…
Have compassion, Father God…we need HOPE.
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