- In the voice of: The Church (aka. the Bride and Body of Christ)
- Spoken to: I AM (aka. God; our source and pattern)
- Source Text: Daniel 9:4-19
4 I prayed to Yahweh my God, and
We pray (in Christ) to I AM; our God.
made confession, and said, Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with those who love him and keep his commandments,
We confess and say, “We beg you Lord, great and fearful God who keeps agreement and loving kindness with those who love you and follow your pattern.
5 we have sinned, and have dealt perversely, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even turning aside from your precepts and from your ordinances;
We have knowingly done wrong, selfishly perverted our actions. We have endorsed and performed actions leading to brokenness and loss. We have even turned from your way to live this life, and from your leading.
6 neither have we listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
We have not listened to your words, or the messengers who spoke in your name to our leaders, celebrities, fathers, and to everyone everywhere.
7 Lord, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of face, as it is today; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, through all the countries where you have driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against you. 8 Lord, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you.
You, Lord, own righteousness which exposes our shame (as it is today) to people in the country, in the city, and to all God’s people near and far (where you have us). We have chosen ourselves against you.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against him; 10 neither have we obeyed Yahweh our God’s voice, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 Yes, all Israel have transgressed your law, turning aside, that they should not obey your voice: therefore the curse and the oath written in the law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us; for we have sinned against him.
The Lord our God owns mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against you and not obeyed I AM our God’s voice for how to live which he gave us through Jesus Christ. Oh God!
12 He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges who judged us, by bringing on us a great evil; for under the whole sky, such has not been done as has been done to Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil has come on us: yet have we not entreated the favor of Yahweh our God, that we should turn from our iniquities, and have discernment in your truth.
You have confirmed your words you spoke against your enemies, and (in turn) against our leaders who judge us (and teach us to judge); allowing great evil in us. As it is written in your scripture, even though we experience all this evil, yet we will still refuse to admit that we require you. To the one who sees our imagination and feels what our hearts pump; defending our lies is wasted effort. Rather, live to please I_AM; in the Wisdom of Truth.
14 Therefore has Yahweh watched over the evil, and brought it on us; for Yahweh our God is righteous in all his works which he does, and we have not obeyed his voice.
I Am has watched over evil and brought it on us, because all actions of I AM our God if right; and we have not obeyed his voice.
15 Now, Lord our God, who has brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have gotten yourself renown, as it is today; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 Lord, according to all your righteousness, let your anger and please let your wrath be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a reproach to all who are around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, listen to the prayer of your servant, and to his petitions, and cause your face to shine on your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
And now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a strong hand, and made a renowned name for yourself by being – You. As it is today we have knowingly done wrong; we have done wickedly. Lord, based on your righteousness, let your anger… please allow your wrath to be turned away from your people, city, and your holy mountain, because of our wrong actions (and our ancestor’s wrong actions) your bride and your people have become a punchline to all who are around us.
18 My God, turn your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and see our desolations, and the city which is called by your name: for we do not present our petitions before you for our righteousness, but for your great mercies’ sake.
Our God; turn your ear, and hear. Open your eyes and see the disgusting numbness of the community that is called by your name. We do not ask because of anything we have done to deserve your response, but due to you being so complete in Mercy.
19 Lord, hear; Lord, forgive; Lord, listen and do; don’t defer, for your own sake, my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.
Great I_AM; pay attention and act.
Do not Delay …for your own sake.
Great God… because your bride and your people are called by your name; complete what you have started in curing our compulsion for self glorification in this rebellion of lies.