Posts Tagged ‘Daniel’

Mike Huckabee posted on his Face Book page to join him on “A Day to Pray”, where we will ask God to grant our leaders, from the local school houses to the White House, the wisdom they need for the road ahead.

I thought this would be a good time to share a modern version of Daniel’s prayer found in the book of Daniel chapter nine, when he was in Babylon:

O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land. Lord, you always seek to do what is right for us; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us; including your Church, the world leaders, the people of Israel, and those scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. Oh LORD, we and our kings, our leaders, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But you Lord, are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against you. We have not obeyed you God, nor have we followed the instructions you gave us through your servants the prophets.  All of us have disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice. So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disastrous time as is happening now. Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from you by turning from our sins and recognizing your truth. Therefore, we have brought upon ourselves the results of our sin. Oh LORD our God, you were right to do all of these things, because we did not obey you. O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have forgotten you and sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from us and help us to open our eyes and see our despair. Help us to repent and return to you. All the unbelieving nations mock your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. Oh Lord our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own namesake Lord, smile again on your desolate people. Oh my God, lean down and listen to my prayer! I make this plea, not because we deserve your help, but because of your mercy. Oh Lord, hear and forgive. Oh Lord, listen and act! For your own namesake do not delay! Oh my God, have mercy on us and send true spiritual revival and renewal! Amen!

“O LORD, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, we have sinned and have done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our leaders, and our fathers.

LORD, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame; your people both near and far, and in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. O LORD, we and our kings, our princes, our leaders, and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But you O LORD are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against you; we have not obeyed you or kept the laws you gave us through your servants the prophets.  The entire world has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us judgment. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what is being done today.

Just as it is written in the Law of Moses and the prophets, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. LORD, you will not hesitate to bring judgment upon us, for you O LORD, are God, and you are righteous in everything you do; yet we have not obeyed you.  Now, O LORD our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. O LORD, in  keeping with all your righteous acts; turn away your anger and your wrath from us, your own holy people. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made your people an object of scorn to all those around us. Now, O God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O LORD, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open our eyes so that we might see the desolation of the people who bear your name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

O LORD, listen! O LORD, forgive! O LORD, hear and act! For your sake, O my God – do not delay, because of your own name’s sake and for the people who bear your name.”

(From Daniel 9: 4-19)