As we head into the day of reckoning, when America chooses a new President to lead us into the next four years, I was reminded of Daniel's prayer for the nation of Israel during her captivity in the first year of Darius. Daniel prayed for mercy and forgiveness. He recognized (Scripture tells us in Chapter 9, verse 2) that Jeremiah the prophet had prophesied that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. He didn't argue against what God had given his nation, but scripture says he "turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes."
We do not know what the results will be or what God's plan is in all of this. No matter the outcome, I do realize that we as a nation have turned from Him. May Daniel's stance before God serve as an example for our own stance before the Lord in the coming weeks and years.
Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name (Daniel 9: 17-19).