8 O LORD, we ………. are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9 But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
Father in Daniel 9:1-19 we have one of the great prayers of the Bible for a nation that had sinned against you. Our nation, Father is not unlike Israel who rebelled in defiance of you and suffered judgement. We too as a nation face the same consequences for our sin if we don’t repent.
Father I thank you for the “But” that means: on the other hand or nevertheless.” This speaks of the option of grace instead of judgement, of mercy instead of anger and of forgiveness instead of retribution. Thank you Father for the reminder and encouragement of Psalm 86:15 (NLT) But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
Father for our nation I join Daniel in prayer and petition: “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. “….We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. 19 “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.” Daniel 9:18-19 (NLT)
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