For Your Mercy

October 8, 2010 Donna New

…for we do not present our supplications (prayers) before You for our own righteousness and justice, but for Your great mercy and lovingkindness. Daniel 9:18

We come before Him with our prayers, some of them for ourselves, some for others, some solely for the glory of God. Some of us only pray in an emergency. This prayer was an urgent emergency prayer. But Daniel was in the custom of praying three times a day. Even so, he didn’t come to God of his own worthiness. None of us should or are able. Our righteousness and justice are skewed. We don’t have that birds eye view. And lastly, we are completely unworthy to come before Him without His mercy and lovingkindness.

When my great-nephew was 2 years old he was very intelligent. He still is. But sometimes he would just cry and whine not knowing how to say what he wanted. So my niece, in her mercy and lovingkindness would say “Are you thirsty?”… “Are you hungry?”… “Do you want to snuggle?”  She would put the words in his mouth that he needed to say when he just couldn’t figure out why he was crying out. And he would giggle when she hit it on the nose. And my niece in her mercy and lovingkindness would give him what he was needing.

That’s our God. We’re not worthy or spiritually wise enough to ask for what is right, what we really need. But He in His great mercy and lovingkindness answers our prayers according to His will, our true desire.

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