Daniel 9:4- And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day- to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. O Lord, to us belongs shame of ace to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which Hi set before us by His servants the prophets. Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oat written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him……(v16) O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications,and for the lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before Your because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
Reading this prayer this morning, I substituted the words United States, America or Washington DC for the words Israel, Judah or Jerusalem. Whether we believe in God or not is irrelevant at this point because all the evidence shows our country’s deterioration and the main common denominator that I can see is our willful sinfulness and complete disregard and respect for God Almighty and each other.
It is evident in our presidential campaigns going all the way into the mainstream media, commercials for products and in our social media. People bullying one another because we don’t all believe the same thing. People wanting more leniency towards their beliefs yet unwilling to give the same to others.
I believe we need to fall on our knees and pray for forgiveness and mercy because we are acting like undisciplined children and our parents have given up on us. I know that God hasn’t given up on us, He is just not going to stoop to our level to bring us back. We have to see what we are doing and realize how hurtful it is for ourselves. We must bring love back into our daily routine towards everyone we encounter. We must be willing to sacrifice our place in line in order to allow someone else in and be happy to do so. We must give until there’s no more need in the world. We must take a stand for the weak and help them become strong while not giving up our own strength. There’s plenty to go around as God gives to all who ask.
Pray for us and have a blessed day.