Day Four – Confession for the Culture
Fasting Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayers and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed and made confession to the Lord my God.” (Daniel 9:3-4a ESV)
If you were to turn to Daniel 9 and read the rest of the prayer that is recorded in this chapter (and please do!) you would find that fasting is not only an opportunity for personal confession, but also for confessing the sins of the nation as a whole. In his prayer to God, Daniel acknowledges specific ways that the people have rejected God’s rule and fallen short of his righteousness, and then he humbly pleads for God’s merciful intervention.
As you fast, may you follow Daniel’s example, confessing not only the sins of your own life that God brings to light, but also confessing before him the waywardness of the culture in which we live. Let your fasting lead you to be an intercessor for the nation, going before God and pleading for mercy; asking him to turn the hearts of the people back to himself. Pray that the gospel would go forth with power; pray for those in positions of authority, that they would lead in righteousness; and pray for the church, that we would be people who don’t merely profess God with our lips but who honor him with our lives, being lights that shine in the midst of the darkness.
May your fasting be a time to not only reflect on the personal purity of your own heart, but to also bow before God and humbly pray for a mighty cleansing to take place in the land in which we live.
Reflection: Take a moment and truly lift up our nation to God. Get specific in your confession of the sins of the culture, not standing back as a self-righteous accuser, but as one who is also in need of cleansing.