And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked.
O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us. So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.
O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.
O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name. Daniel 9:15-19
As Daniel sought the Lord, he made his requests based on God’s goodness not his own righteousness. He was concerned for the Lord’s name and reputation more than his own comfort. He admitted the guilt and sin of his people, while personally trying to remain free from sin. God would respond to this sincerity by concluding the 70 years of captivity and giving Daniel and amazing revelation of the coming of the Son of God.
Am I seeking God on behalf of my country and countrymen in this God-honoring way? What revelation from God am I seeking?
Thank You God for the example of Daniel. May my prayer life grow stronger and more intimate day by day. Oh I am asking You to be very real and present with the McCall family and the McGowan family and the McMurtrie family in these days of loss.