Daniel's Day Revisited
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Daniel's Day Revisited
Daniel 9:4-19--"And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name."
Early Thursday mornings I meet with a group of men to pray for revival. We need it so badly. As we began this past week, we read the Scripture from Daniel 9 above. Have you ever thought how much the days in which we live are like the days in which Daniel lived?
Is this not a day of confusion? Have we not trespassed against the Lord? Is there not confusion in the leadership of our country? Have we not rebelled against God? Have we disobeyed the voice of the Lord? The answer clearly is--yes.
That being the case, can we not expect judgment to follow? We can expect a curse to be poured out upon us. We can expect to be overtaken with a great evil. God always judges disobedience. Is there any hope for America? Certainly, God always blesses obedience.
The sad part about this passage of Scripture is that it is mentioned, "...yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God...." We must turn from our iniquities and turn to the truth. Daniel went to battle on behalf of his nation--a nation that turned her back on the only hope she had. America is a country bathed in sin and ripe for the judgment of God. Daniel interceded and took responsibility for his nation's sin. He looks to the past and how God worked by bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt. He calls for God to hear his desperate cry and see the impossible need. He calls upon God to extend His great mercy. He pleads with God for forgiveness--not for Jerusalem, but for God's own sake.
I wonder what would happen if America would truly repent and return to her God. I posted a similar article on another website and was left with the comment that America is doing just fine and there is still a loud voice in America making a difference in the world. I am sorry, but that just is not the case. We have not separated between the holy and the profane (Ezekiel 22:26). We continue in the Christian church to become more like the world with each passing day.
It is high time for America to awake and seek her God. The day is coming when He will not be found (Isaiah 55:6). Now is the time to make a difference. We can spare our country a little while longer if we get our priorities straight. It is not about us, it is all about Him. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake. O God, Please hear the cry of Your people.
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