How to Pray for Your ‘Nation’
As we come into Dan 9 today, we have read Daniel’s prayer for his people, specifically, for his nation, the people of Israel. Throughout the prayer he confesses their sins (and his own sins), and asks God to show mercy by ending their exile. He displays an earnestness for the well-being of God’s people, and a willingness to repent and obey God.
The question we have to answer today is, How does such a prayer apply to us? In other words, How do we pray for our nation? Which nation is it that we should be praying for? And how might God answer that prayer? Let’s look at this passage which shows us how to pray for your ‘nation.’
Much of the material in this sermon is based on Paul House, Old Testament Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998), 327–45, and Michael Barrett, God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel (Greenville, SC: Ambassador-Emerald, 2003).