“I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was
revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion
of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. So I gave my
attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with
fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and
said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and
loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have
sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside
from Your commandments and ordinances. “Moreover, we have not listened to
Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our
princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.” (Dan. 9:2b-6)
Daniel was the one leader in whom his adversaries could not find fault.
Daniel was a righteous and godly man. Yet he was so burdened by His
people’s plight that he confessed their sins, fasted on their behalf, and
paid a high cost in his personal comfort to intercede on their behalf.
Daniel is a picture of what servants of the Most High are like. They
willingly sacrifice for the sake of others well being and for His Kingdom
May many of us who read this seek to be like Daniel.
By His grace,