Daniel’s Prayer Of Confession

A Prayer of Confession

Today, you might find yourself weighed down by sin and the effects of sin. Please understand that this is a good thing. Should you not feel the effects of sin, then this would mean that the Lord is not calling you to Himself. The effects of sin, should make us feel as if something is not right. The effects of sin, should cause one to feel as if they are walking uphill against a strong wind.

Rest assured, that you can get back in step with the Lord and enjoy the freedom that He has planned for you and desires for you. He came to set you free! Rather than being weighed down by sin and its effects, you should confess to the Lord and seek His forgiveness.

Therefore, go before God… just as Daniel did. Confess your sin by calling it what it is, naming it by name. Recognize God for who He is… Righteous and Holy! Remember that you are one of His chosen children whom He loves dearly and He will not forsake you. Look at Daniel’s prayer below, be encouraged by it and then get on your knees before God and confess your sin knowing and trusting that He will forgive you.

Daniel 9:4-19

I prayed to the Lord my God, confessing in this way:

“O Lord, great and awesome God who is faithful to his covenant with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned! We have done what is wrong and wicked; we have rebelled by turning away from your commandments and standards. 6 We have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors, and to all the inhabitants of the land as well.

7 “You are righteous, O Lord, but we are humiliated this day—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you. 8 O Lord, we have been humiliated—Our Kings, Our leaders and our ancestors—because we have sinned against you. 9 Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. 10 We have not obeyed the Lord our God by living according to his laws that he set before us through his servants the prophets.

11 “All Israel has broken your law and turned away by not obeying you. Therefore you have poured out on us the judgment solemnly threatened in the Law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against you. 12 He has carried out his threats against us and our rulers who were over us by bringing great calamity on us—what has happened to Jerusalem has never been equaled under all heaven! 13 Just as it is written in the law of Moses, so all this calamity has come on us. Still we have not tried to pacify the Lord our God by turning back from our sin and by seeking wisdom from your reliable moral standards. 14 The Lord was mindful of the calamity, and he brought it on us. For the Lord our God is just in all he has done, and we have not obeyed him.

15 “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with great power and made a name for yourself that is remembered to this day—we have sinned and behaved wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all your justice, please turn your raging anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. For due to our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people are mocked by all our neighbors.

17 “So now, our God, accept the prayer and requests of your servant, and show favor to your devastated sanctuary for your own sake. 18 Listen attentively, my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins and the city called by your name. For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you, but because your compassion is abundant. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, pay attention, and act! Don’t delay, for your own sake, O my God! For your city and your people are called by your name.”

Prayer of Confession :

Lord God, I know that You are holy and righteous. I know that I am not. Apart from Christ, I have nothing and can bring nothing of worth to You. I desire to honor You with my life, my whole life. I want to live in such a way that I demonstrate Your worth and Your holiness. Yet, I struggle with the flesh. I have fallen more times than I can count. I do not want to become comfortable in my sin. I am too familiar with it and not familiar enough with You.

Please forgive me of my sin, blot out my transgressions. I do not want to cheapen the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. I trust that You are willing and able to forgive me and that You will answer my prayer as You did Daniel’s prayer and so many others.

I want to thank you for the blood sacrifice of Christ that covers me and makes me whole. Now help me to rest in and trust in Your forgiveness and not allow the enemy opportunity to bring guilt and shame. Your forgiveness is yet one more area that I can should out to the world that You are an amazing God. I love You and I thank You. In the name of Christ I pray, AMEN.

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