The Daniel Prayer For Today

Once a month, I have the privilege of participating in a podcast with my friend John Tarr.

Usually, I get a blog written and posted and John and I chat about that on the podcast.

I haven’t gotten any writing done lately, so wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for the podcast this week, but decided that Daniel’s prayer for his nation in Daniel 9 would be a pertinent topic. 

I’ve been grieving lately over our nation, and it seems to me that the mess we are in may be part of God’s judgment on us for our corporate disobedience.

I’m not a prophet, but I don’t know that you have to be to really wonder about the current state of our nation.

Daniel doesn’t finger point at “those people out there.” He begins his confession, “We have sinned and done wrong, We have been wicked and rebelled.”  He goes on, “…we are covered with shame…because of our unfaithfulness to you.”

It seems to me that we in the United States should recognize that we are covered with shame.

Detour Through Grief

Our society is saturated with perverted sexual activity; various states are battling to enshrine abortion (“reproductive rights”) in their constitutions, and the ubiquitous payday loan stores tell a story of greed and inequity. 

All of these are part of our sin and wrongdoing.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God calls His people to pray and turn from their wicked ways.

I’ve wondered sometimes what that needs to look like for us.

Perhaps if we were to take Daniel’s prayer as our own on behalf of our nation, that would be a step in the right direction.

We need to remember too how Daniel closes his prayer. “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.”   

We need to cast ourselves on the mercy of God.

For more on this subject, Anne Graham Lotz’s book, The Daniel Prayer, is a most worthwhile treatment. I commend it highly!


The Daniel Prayer For Today


Satan laughed

as they lowered the body

from the cross.

His rasping chortle

dogged every footstep to the tomb;

his mocking stabbed at every tear.

He laughed

from Friday to Sunday,

his glee unconstrained—

But then the earth shook;

the graveclothes lay empty,

the stone rolled back.

The crucified one stepped forth

in flesh that could not see death again,

And Jesus laughed,

his mouth wide,

head flung back.

His joy pealed across the universe,

echoing from galaxy to galaxy—

wholesome, pure, triumphant—

the pain endured,

the battle finished,

his delight now unconstrained.

The risen Lord laughed,

he laughs,

and Satan weeps.

Rhonda Brown

© 2007

If you would like to watch the podcast about this subject with John & Rhonda.

*My early poem is available in the archives of the Utmost Christian Writers poetry contest.

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