National Prayer of Repentance

Just prior to Daniel receiving one of the greatest revelations in the Bible, he prayed. We find this marvelous prayer in Daniel 9. I will not quote the entire prayer, but it certainly is an example for us. Daniel cried out to God for mercy, for forgiveness. He was all inclusive in his admission of the sin of his nation.

Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, . . . we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. . . To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. . . . Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Daniel 9:3-5, 8-11, 17-19

We must intercede on behalf of our nation. We must cry out to God for forgiveness for our gross sin. We must fall down at the feet of Jesus and make our prayer known to him. There is no other way. If we want to save our nation, we must intercede. I believe God is waiting for the Daniels of our land to step forward in faith and humility, and cry out to God. When you do not know what to do, cry out to God, ask for his forgiveness, remind him of his great mercy and love. This alone will save us. We do not need a great leader on a white horse to save us. We need Daniels, Nehemiahs  and Esthers.  If leaders fail, there is still hope, for God responds to repentance. Remember David’s response to Abigail when she ran to meet him:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! For as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.” Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.” I Samuel 25:32-35

It is time for us to run to God, to meet him in prayer. Just as an individual is saved by an earnest plea for forgiveness, a nation can be saved with many voices  crying out in  repentance.