“We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” Daniel 9:18.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Daniel 9-10, Psalm 123, and Luke 5.
We deserve nothing from God with our track record!
We don’t come worthy. We come unworthy.
We don’t want justice because we’d be a goner if we got it. We come begging for God to have mercy on us.
Daniel was well aware of Israel’s history. He knew of the evil that had gone on. There was nothing to offer to elevate Israel’s status before God. If He chose to wipe them out they would be getting what they deserved.
But Daniel also knew that God was merciful. He knew of God’s willingness to cancel punishment to those who repented. He was a forgiving God.
Daniel appealed to “that” God; the God Who responded to the repentant. On behalf of Israel, Daniel repented of their sinfulness.
I also found in Luke 5 today an evidence of people praying on behalf of others. It was in the story of the roof being removed by the friends of the paralytic man. God recognized their faith and healed the paralytic man. Daniel prayed for the same thing for Israel.
Scripture encourages me to pray for others. It works. But I must approach God with a repentant heart. I must be clean myself before God.
“Lord, thank You for the role-model behavior of Daniel. I must be willing and eager to pray for others. Help me to realize that it is a calling to constantly seek Your face on behalf of others. Forgive me for ignoring this privilege. I love You, Father.”
To approach God rightly I must come in total need. He is the need meeter!