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Daniel's Day Revisited

Updated on June 14, 2011

Please read the following Scripture--Daniel 9:4-19.

Early Thursday mornings I meet with a group of men to pray for revival. We need it so badly. As we began this past week, we read the Scripture from Daniel 9 above. Have you ever thought how much the days in which we live were like the days in which Daniel lived?

Is this not a day of confusion? Have we not trespassed against the Lord? Is there not confusion in the leadership of our country? Have we not rebelled against God? Have we disobeyed the voice of the Lord?The answer clearly is--yes.

That being the case, can we not expect judgment to follow? We can expect a curse to be poured upon us. We can expect to be overtaken with a great evil. God always judges disobedience. Is there any hope for America? Certainly, God always blesses obedience.

The sad part about this passage of Scripture is that it is mentioned, "...yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God...." We must turn from our iniquities and turn to the truth.
Daniel went to battle on behalf of his nation--a nation that turned her back on the only hope she had. America is a country bathed in sin and ripe for the judgment of God. Daniel interceded and took responsibility for his nation's sin. He looks to the past and how God worked by bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt. He calls for God to hear his desperate prayer and see the impossible need. He calls upon God to extend His great mercy. He pleads with God for forgiveness--not for Jerusalem, but for God's own sake.

I wonder what would happen if America would truly repent and return to her God. I posted a similar article on another website and was left with the comment that America is doing just fine and there is still a loud voice in America making a difference in the world. I am sorry, but that just is not the case. We have not separated between the holy and the profane (Ezekiel 22:26). We continue in the Christian church to become more like the world with each passing day.

If you do not see that, my friend, I am afraid you may be part of the problem. It is high time for America to awake and seek her God. The day is coming when He will not be found (Isaiah 55:6). Now is the time to make a difference. We can spare our country a little while longer if we get our priorities straight. It is not about us, it is all about Him. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake. Please hear the cry of Your people.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      LS,

      That's wonderful. I believe you'll see God really begin to work. Let me know how things are going. Prayer is the answer!

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      Lori Colbo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      We have begun praying for our church, The Church, and our nation on Wed. nights for the last month and plan to do so indefinitely. Tonight, we prayed for repentance and for God to pour out His Spirit upon us and fill us. Then we prayed for our nation. These are difficult times. But God is sovereign.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      His Daughter,

      Thanks for the visit. Truly we have a desperate need for God. Scripture certainly gives many accounts of what happens when a nation leaves God. It's time for sure that we wake up!

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      His daughter 6 years ago

      There are so many warnings in Scripture for us to see and what a sad commentary that we have ignored them and turned our own way. Your words written are ones that I pray many will see and read and heed the warning. We desperately need God and I pray that people will begin to wake up to the fact that He only is our vital necessity. It sometimes concerns me as to what it might take to wake this nation up. In the meantme, we keep praying!

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I don't know!

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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      Why are we getting pop up here on huppages?

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Both Isaiah and Daniel are excellent books, of course they all are. Definitely go back and read the Scripture. It will be a blessing!

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      Tammy 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub! I have been reading Isaiah this week, and like Daniel, found it full of God's promise and warning to those that turn from him and those that follow him.

      Thanks for the scripture, I will have to go back and re-read it.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Sherrylou,

      You're quite welcome.

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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you, lifegate I needed to read this and put it in my heart.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      TM,

      I'm glad you stopped by, too. I look forward to your comments.

      RevLady,

      I like Daniel as well. If I could be like any one Bible character it would be either Daniel or Joseph. Both lived an exemplary life for their Lord.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      What a wonderful hub about one of my favorite biblical characters. I reflected upon this meditation for some time and emerged spiritually elevated. Thank you!

      Forever His

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      tinamarie9884 7 years ago

      Lifegate, Great hub and allot written, glad that I stopped by!!

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      TJ,

      Great point! If we are not willing to include ourselves, how can we possibly pray meaningfully for others anyway? After all..."all have sinned."

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      I was just reading in Ezekiel 9:4 this morning that a man clothed in linen which had the inkhorn by his side was instructed to mark the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abominations that were done in the temple. This was in reference to a coming destruction. And it was instructed that the doom was not to touch those that were marked.

      I also like in Daniels prayer how he includes himself. Sometimes it is tempting for us to exclude ourselves from the equation of the vileness of our own flesh. Daniel knows and understands that he is a mere cell of a greater whole and as you say he takes responsibility and rises up in prayer.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Well, we know He will intervene, one way or another. Our plea is a sober cry for mercy, for He already tells us that we will go so far and no farther.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Michael,

      I remember a series of messages I preached years ago entitled "The Time is Now." Well...the time is now! I'm looking forward to the great things God is going to do. He's not finished with this nation yet.

      Apostle,

      Well put! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It's always good to hear from you.

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago

      Daniel 12 v 4 and 10 is already in affect my friend.Most of the world have gone astray.But as it is written in John 4 v 23....But the hour cometh and now is,when the True worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth,for the Father such to worship Him.Great hub,I vote up and awesome.

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      Isaiah Michael 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Yes we need divine intervention now. We need God's hand back on America, and the only way we will find that comfort is humbling ourselves and praying. From the church leaders, members, and our government leaders turning back to the most Holy High Sovereign God.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      RT,

      You're so right. We're training the next generation to reject God completely. God needs to intervene now!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for posting this. I would not have read this passage from Daniel today if you had not.

      You are right, it is not true that America is doing just fine.

      Most seriously, people who claim the Name of the Lord are walking with our culture, giving more money to our culture, feeding our children more of what our culture offers...much more than walking with, giving to, or feeding on what God has for us in His Word--in a relationship with His Son, Jesus the Christ, according to His Word.

      "Enjoying" a relationship with Jesus according to their own Word has become the norm, and what we see is the result of the blinding effect of sin, just as Proverbs 4 tells us.

      We need repentance if we are going to see mercy, but the trend of self-satisfaction rooted in "no-fear" of God's warnings continues to grow. May the Lord strengthen your ministry.

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