“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “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 done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules….To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him…
“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my 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 righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Daniel 9:3-5, 8-9, 16-19
We need to pray for repentance and revival in our nation. But not because we want things better for ourselves (more freedoms, less abortions, sanctity of marriage, lower taxes, less government control…) but because we desire God’s Name to be honored, to be reverenced, to be glorified. It’s all for His name’s sake. In the big scheme of things, it doesn’t matter so much what happens to us, but our overwhelming desire ought to be to make God’s name great, to magnify His name, amongst our nation and world (Daniel 9:17,19).
Amidst today’s election, is our number 1 concern the glory of God’s name? Do we pray for this and desire results that will honor God? Do we pray for a spiritual awakening, in order that the hearts of people might be turned to God and that He might be glorified?