The scripture for today, September 8 (9/8), is Daniel 9:8 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“O Lord, we and our kings, our princes, and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.”
Daniel is praying for his countrymen. Have you prayed for your countrymen and government lately? I Timothy 2:1 & 2 says “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone ~ for kings and all those in authority.” At the time Paul wrote this, Nero Caesar, who led the persecution of tens of thousands of Christians, torturing many to death, was the king over the Roman Empire. Paul prayed for him.
All your life, have you done nothing but complain about your government? Isn’t it time to stop complaining and start praying? It is hard to pray for someone and they stay your enemy.
Then, pray for your countrymen. Pray for forgiveness for what your country is doing wrong. Pray with thanksgiving for what your country is doing right. All countries—regardless of how great or small—have both. Humbly ask on behalf of your countrymen for forgiveness of whatever shames them, comfort for whatever losses they feel, and gratitude for everything that is right. Be proud of whatever country you live in. Do not leave. Stay and help it be even better. Be patriotic.