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.