Dan 9:18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
In this text Daniel is pleading and confessing on behalf of his people Israel. They had neglected their responsibilities toward grace and are suffering captivity because of it. As Daniel seeks to minister to them and intercede for them he states his position clearly before God. He is coming to God with his petitions and those of the nation Israel, not based on their favored status as God’s chosen people nor because of their perceived righteousness but solely because of God’s mercy. It is essential that we remember our place in the relationship we have with our Prayer-Answering God. The Psalmist reminds us that “…it is he that hath made us and not we are ourselves, we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.” A humble spirit is the very pavement that makes smooth our journey to answered prayer. Today, let it be ever before you that you are unworthy of the least of God’s blessings nevertheless you enjoy them continually. Not because of who you are but because, having placed your faith in Christ, you are the child of an ever merciful and thereby gracious Heavenly Father. Walk with Him today because you will need Him every moment. To God be the glory!