Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Daniel's Prayer

In chapter 9 of the story, Daniel prays a prayer of repentance on behalf of the nation. He associates himself with their failures, although he himself has lived a life of dedication and wholehearted commitment to God. He understands the times and knows that God spoke through Jeremiah about how long the exile would last.

In all of this there is no hint that Daniel judges the people for their sin or that he adopts a attitude other than that of a fallen human being desperately seeking grace from the God ho has come to know and trust throughout his faithful life.

When we pray for our nation, do we pray prayers of judgement or repentance? Do we pray for others the prayers they cannot or will not pray for themselves?

I wonder what difference it might make if we took Daniel's approach in our time?

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