1. Confess the greatness of God and His love for us!
“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands,
Dan 9:4 “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands,
Both Daniel and Nehemiah start their prayers out by acknowledging two things about God. The first is that God is great, and awesome. The second is that God keeps His covenant of love toward those who love him and obey his commands.
God never changes. He is the same no matter what. Often we are tossed about by our emotions, and our faithfulness is more often than not determined by how we perceive the way things or people are. Here both Daniel and Nehemiah state a central fact about God’s nature. God is faithful and therefore His love will be there for His people.
This is where true prayer for our nation should begin. By acknowledging who and what God is to us, we are admitting that we need Him in our lives, and in our nation. He is faithful to us not on the basis of merit. Rather on the basis of Covenant love shown toward us in Jesus Christ.
Here is the starting line for us that 2 Chron 7:14 lays out. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face” This is where the prayers of Daniel and Nehemiah start. they sought the face of God by confessing His nature! Thereby humbling themselves before the God of faithful Covenant love.
They didn’t start with confession of sin, that will come next! No, they first stated their belief about who God is, so that the sin of their people would be exposed in the light of God’s face! For in the light darkness is exposed and sin revealed for what it truly is.
1 John 1:5-7
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
In order for us to truly see our sin for what it is we must step into the light of His face! In order for us to see the sin of the United States for what it is we must step into the light of His face. Then we can move onto step two.
2. Confession of our national sins