In Part 1 of this series, I proposed to use Daniel 9:1-19 as a pattern or model for a prayer of my own. Why? What had Daniel done? Instead of telling an omniscient God what to do, Daniel begged God to do what He already promised to do. Daniel asked God to fulfill one of His promises.
In what follows, I seek to imitate Daniel.
In 2022 AD, at the beginning President Joe Biden’s second year as leader of United States of America, I, Tom, observed what many others have also noticed, world war seems increasingly probable. Most of the nations of the world have grown more and more authoritarian, and those that were already authoritarian — even totalitarian — are positioning and arming themselves for conquest.
The government of the United States of America has become horribly incompetent. Because of that incompetence, what some have called Pax Americana (In defense of Pax Americana: It has served the US and the world far better than letting dictators prosper (nypost.com)) may be coming to an end.
What is horribly incompetent government? Perhaps it would be more honest and accurate to say that a People and as a nation we have sinned recklessly. Instead of protecting our family, friends, and neighbors, we have pursued pleasure, wealth, and prideful ambitions. For the sake of cheap labor and cheap votes, we have thrown open our borders, indifferent as to who enters. We have allowed huge American corporations, wealthy investors, and scheming politicians to pursue profits and power at any cost. In return for access to vast markets and cheap labor, American companies in China and throughout the rest of the world have turned a blind eye to the evil nature of even the vilest regimes.
Yet what we have done here in America is still more abominable. We have not sought to raise Godly children. We have given our children over to the manipulations of activist educators and arrogant entertainers obsessed with strange political theories and sexual perversions. We have even encouraged pregnant women to abort tens of millions of unborn babies. How can a Holy God ignore such behavior? He cannot. Therefore, I wondered. For what should I pray? What promise has our Lord made that I could beg Him to fulfill?
Then I remembered what John the Baptist had preached.
The baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins? Baptism with the Holy Spirit? Is that what I should pray for? Should I ask for a revival of Holy Spirit in our nation? Should I begin with a confession of our sins?
Oh, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and faithfulness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, we have done wrong, and acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants, pastors and teachers who preach your word to our elected officials, our leaders in commerce, our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Righteousness belongs to You, Lord, but to us open shame. Open shame belongs to us, Lord, to our leaders and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against Him; and we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the Apostles. Indeed, all mankind has violated Your Law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice.
Keep your promise, Lord. Give us new hearts. So that we will obey you as we should, please write Your Law upon our hearts.
Listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his pleas, and for Your sake, Lord, let Your face shine on the wayward Peoples of Your Creation. My God, incline Your ear and hear our prayers! Open Your eyes and see; for we are not presenting our pleas before You based on any merits of our own but based on Your great compassion. Lord, hear! Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, my God, do not delay, because Your people are called by Your name.”