Daniel is a voice speaking for all of us. We all have sinned, rebelled, turned aside from God's Word. Moreover, we have not listened to the prophets. Daniel 9:5. To the Lord belongs Compassion; open shame belongs to us. Daniel 9:8.
May we pray like this prophet of old. Humble, repentant, forgiving, serious. May our prayers be filled with trust in a Good God and His Greatness, a Merciful God and His Majesty. And wherever we miss the mark, may our hands be over our mouths in awe of a Forgiving God. I do not think our world sees an iota of what we do as missing the mark. Either we live self-focused or truly alive.
PRAYER FROM PSALMS
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am weak.
Heal me, LORD, for my bones are shuddering.
My soul too is shuddering greatly---
and you, LORD, how long...?
Turn Back, LORD.
That's it, God.
We just do not know how long we have to
endure what we are currently going through!
No words. You hear the sound of weeping.
You have received my prayer.
On You we wait.