A Curious Prayer by Daniel
The ninth chapter of Daniel records a curious prayer of Daniel.
One thing that is strange is Daniel confesses things he never did. He personally accepts the errors of former generations, identifying with the wayward actions of his country. It is as if Daniel, though innocent in this regard, takes on himself the faults and failures of an entire nation, personally confessing them and seeking God’s deliverance on their behalf.
If that sounds a bit familiar, Jesus did the same thing, but on a much grander scale and with universal and everlasting impact.
Daniel’s humble prayer foreshadows Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.
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