I Was Wrong
"I was wrong." Three little words that aren't heard much. People don't like to admit they were wrong, yet these words provide cleansing like nothing else can. Daniel used words like these to pray for the nation. In doing so, he provided a great model for prayer. Daniel said in chapter 9, verses 13-19, "Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him." Then Daniel prayed:
"Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for your self a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us. "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."
Confessing sin and recognizing God's holy standards are the proper place to begin your prayer to God. These three words, "I was wrong," can strengthen your friendship with God and with others. Use them in your prayer today.