“We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments”
July 7, 2020
When Daniel sought God in this golden chapter on prayer, Daniel prayed with passion and repentance: “We have rebelled, departing from Thy precepts and Thy judgments.” You ask, “Did Daniel do all that?” No, Daniel simply included himself in his prayer for his nation.
Does God hold me accountable for abortion in America? Yes!
Does God hold me accountable for the pornography? Yes!
For the drug addiction, alcoholism, materialism, humanism? Yes, He does.
Friend, if the church had done what she ought to have done, and if we would do what we ought to do, these problems would be healed. And while we may not commit these sins, they are still our sins. Daniel 9:20 makes that so clear: Daniel says, “While I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel…”
Now, people who don’t know God aren’t going to confess the sins of this nation. Like Daniel, we must set our face and pray with resolve and repentance, confessing our sin and the sin of America. Only sin that is confessed is forgiven.
Have you ever “set your face” to pray? So much of our prayer, I hate to say, is casual prayer, prayer that comes with almost a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. Set your face before God today to pray as Daniel did. Pray with fasting and determination.