I want to lift up this same prayer in Daniel but apply it to us,
“‘Master, you are our God, for you delivered your people from the land of Egypt in a show of power—people are still talking about it!
We confess that we have sinned, that we have lived bad lives. Following the lines of what you have always done in setting things right, setting people right, please stop being so angry with Jerusalem, your very own city, your holy mountain.
We know it’s our fault that this has happened, all because of our sins and our parents’ sins, and now we’re an embarrassment to everyone around us.
We’re a blot on the neighborhood.
So listen, God, to this determined prayer of your servant. Have mercy on your ruined Sanctuary.
Act out of who you are, not out of what we are.
Daniel 9:15-17 MSG
As I read this it struck a chord. Then I read Ezekiel 34:20-22 and the chord was even louder,
“‘Therefore, God , the Master, says: I myself am stepping in and making things right between the plump sheep and the skinny sheep. Because you forced your way with shoulder and rump and butted at all the weaker animals with your horns till you scattered them all over the hills, I’ll come in and save my dear flock, no longer let them be pushed around. I’ll step in and set things right between one sheep and another.
Ezekiel 34:20-22 MSG
Oh how I am troubled by all the different sheep fights & the head butting rather than love and all of us listening to the Good Shephard.
In Christ, Beetle
I’ve written several post about my concerns and desires for The Church (the branches, the bride & the body of Christ) and God’s will for believers to get along with each other and love others. As we do this God’s Holy Spirit will reveal to the world who He really is and revival will come.
For an index of post relating to this go to: Kicking Against The Pricks.