“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer and petition, in fasting and in sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3)
God brings me back to this scripture on a regular basis. I love the prayers of Daniel. He was praying for his nation they would return to God. In the verses that follow this verse, Daniel repents for the sins of his nation asking God for His mercy. This is the prayer that we need to be praying for our nation.
“I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and Awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and 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 and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.” (Daniel 9:4-6)
“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.
Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (Daniel 9:17-19)
We must return our nation to God.
There is no other answer to our problems in this nation, but God. If we will return to God, He will heal and bless our nation.
Our prayers need to be as Daniel “have mercy on us as a nation and as a people.”