by Robert Brock
A Prayer of Daniel
“And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession,…we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled,” Daniel 9:4, 5.
My mother was a victim of childhood polio. She had twenty-six surgeries on her feet and legs and a hip replacement. Because of the pain involved in post-surgery therapy, she swore never to have that done again. When the pain got so bad, she started using crutches which brought no relief; finally, she could no longer stand the pain. She repented of her vow and had surgery on the other hip.
Similarly, Israel caused God so much pain violating His laws that they were trying to carry on as though nothing was wrong. Then, when they began to suffer the full consequences of God’s broken Law, all they could do was beg for mercy. Finally, it hurt so bad they began confessing that the pain was all their fault. “All this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities” (Daniel 9:13).
Our son is a Marine officer. He had a Marine plaque on his office door: “The beatings will cease when morale improves.” All the Marines knew it was a joke, but they also knew there was an unwritten warning: “This is very serious business you are doing here. This information will go all the way up the chain to the Pentagon and the President. No horse-play around here if you want to keep your job. One stupid mistake could change the world.”
THOUGHT: It breaks God’s heart to discipline His children for their own good, to prevent self-destruction and collateral damage. Confession is good for the soul,
and it opens the door to God’s throne room and mercy.