‘Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication…..We do not present our supplication before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, listen and act and do not delay!’ (Daniel 9:17a & 18)
Daniel is crying out to the Lord from the depth of his feelings. This is personal; he is pouring out his feelings to God for himself and others. He begged for mercy rather than asking for help; because he knew they all deserved to pay the price for their wrong doing. But this is not just ancient words; this is living word for us today too. God’s response is that He sends His help – not because we deserve it, but because He wants to show mercy. If we know we do things that are wrong (sin); how can we complain if God decides not to help? Equally, if God has mercy on us when we should be paying the price for our sin, how can we not praise Him and give Him all our thanks?! God deserves our praise…… Today.