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Day 29 | Our Covenant God

This is a corporate prayer of confession found in Daniel 9. The original leader of this prayer was Daniel, while he was in exile under King Darius. Daniel desired to lead God’s people in repentance in such a way that God’s fame was further put on display for others to see.

O Lord, the great and awesome God,
Who keeps covenant and steadfast love
With those who love him and keep his commandments,
We have sinned and acted wickedly and rebelled,
Turning aside from your commandments and rules.
To us, O Lord, belongs open shame,
To our kings, our princes, and our fathers,
Because we have sinned against you.
But to the Lord our God belongs
Mercy, forgiveness, and righteousness.
We have rebelled against him,
And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord
By walking in his laws,
Which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside,
Refusing to obey your voice.
Now therefore, our God, we entreat you,
Listen to the prayers of your servants,
And to our pleas for mercy,
And for your own sake, O Lord,
Make your face to shine upon us.
O God, incline your ear and hear.
Open your eyes and see our desolations,
And the city that is called by your name.
For we do not present our pleas before you
Because of our own righteousness,
But because of your great mercy, O Lord.
So, hear and forgive, O Lord.
Give your attention, and act.
Delay not, for your own sake.
Act for the display of your glory,
Act on behalf of your people, who are called by your name.