• Daniel 9:1-27

“O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” –Daniel 9:18-19, ESV

Daniel surprises me. His choices throughout the tellings of his life make me stop and wonder so frequently. This passage ranks in one of those wonderings. Mostly I wonder where Daniel had the compassion to not only confess his own sins, but to confess that of the people. He came before God, not to request his own reception, but to request that of his people. But even then, he didn’t do it for the sake of the people. He did it for God. It was God’s name that held Daniel’s primary concern. It was God’s enduring grace that captivated Daniel to beg it for his people. It was God’s hand moving for the sake of proclaiming God’s truth that Daniel sought. He didn’t worry about his own impact or platform. He concerned himself with the kingdom of God and trusted God to take care of the rest.

It was not Daniel’s track record in prophecy or in speaking to the people on which he relied. Daniel relied on the mercy of God under which to make his requests of the Almighty. The prophet recognized the true power of God, that His grace and mercy would reign among His people. It was that grace, that mercy, on which Daniel relied when he made his requests.

We would be wise to do the same.

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