Prayer for 2024

January 1, 2024
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Daniel’s Prayer in Daniel 9:4-19 in the Charles Thomson’s Septuagint version of the Old Testament:

O Lord, the God great and marvellous, Who keepest Thy covenant and Thy mercy for them who love Thee and keep Thy commandments! We have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have transgressed and apostatised and turned away from Thy commandments, and from Thy Judgments, and have not hearkened to Thy servants the prophets who spoke in Thy name to our kings and our chiefs and our fathers and to all the people of the land.

To Thee, O Lord, belongeth righteousness; but to us confusion of face as at this day – to the man Juda and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to all Israel – and to those near and to them far off in every land where Thou hast scattered them for their breach of covenant of which they have been guilty.  In Thee, O Lord, is our righteousness.  Though to us belongeth confusion of face – to our kings, and our chiefs and our fathers, who have sinned against Thee; with the Lord our God are tender mercies and forgiveness.  Because we apostatised and did not hearken to the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws which He set before us by the ministry of His servants the prophets; and all Israel transgressed Thy law, and declined to hearken to Thy voice; therefore upon us came the curse and the execration which is written in the law of Moses, the servant of God.

Because we sinned against Him, therefore He confirmed His words which He spoke against us and against our judges Who judged us, by bringing upon us great evils, such as never happened under the whole heaven;  as was the case in Jerusalem.  According to what is written in the law of Moses all those evils have come upon us.  We indeed did not supplicate the favour of the Lord our God, by turning from our wickedness, therefore that we might be made sensible of all thy truth, the Lord hath indeed been watchful and hath brought upon us these things.  For the Lord our God is righteous in every act of His which He hath done, and we have not hearkened to His voice.

Now, O Lord our God, Who broughtest Thy people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand and Who hast made Thyself a great name as at this day; we have sinned, we have committed iniquity.  Mercy, O Lord, is Thine in all things; let Thy wrath, I beseech Thee, be turned away and Thine indignation from Thy city Jerusalem, Thy holy mountain.  Because we have sinned, therefore for our iniquities and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Thy people are become an object of reproach among all those around us.  But now, O Lord our God, hearken to the prayer of Thy servant to his supplications; and let Thy face shine upon Thy sanctuary which is desolate.

For Thine own sake, O Lord, incline, O my God, Thine ear and hear.  Open Thine eyes and behold our desolation and that of Thy city which is called by Thy name.  For we do not for our own righteousness present our piteous case before Theee; but we cast ourselves upon Thy tender mercies, O Lord, which are many.  O Lord hear!  O Lord, be appeased!  Attend, O Lord!  Defer not, O my God, for Thine own sake!  for Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name.


When you pray Daniel’s prayer, you realize that the Old Testament matches with all the New Testaments, especially the one written by Charles Thomson, with regard to the first two verses in just about every Epistle in the New Testament regarding who it is addressed to.  For very explicit examples, look at James 1:1, “JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad, Greeting.”  Or I Peter 1:1-2, “PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the sojourners of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, whom God the Father, according to His predetermination hath chosen, that by a sanctification of spirit they may obey, and be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ; favour be to you, and may peace be multiplied.”  In these cases, the Epistle is being written to the dispersed of the House of Israel.  Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 15:24, “My mission is only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  PERIOD!  END OF SUBJECT!

May you pray Daniel’s prayer for our people which have been scattered over the whole Earth!