Over the past month, the Father has been speaking through several very prophetic and anointed voices 1 about the upcoming Days of Awe– a 40 day season from Elul 1 through Yom Kippur. 2 Traditionally, these 40 days, leading up to Yom Kippur, (the Day of Atonement) are understood to be a period of introspection, reconciliation with our brothers, and repentance before the King, so that we may enter the new year (Yom Teruam / Rosh HaShanah) as a bride without spot or blemish, having already dealt with our own sins, and without holding on to bitterness or resentment toward others in our communities.
Now over the last couple of days, the Father has been impressing upon me the need for not only personal prayers of repentance for ourselves, but also corporate prayers for our people, the House of Joseph, as a whole. The Father then directed me to Daniel’s prayer of repentance and restoration, (Daniel 9:4-19) and so I have decided to pray this prayer, every day, during the Days of Awe.
What I am presenting as follows is essentially Daniel’s prayer for the restoration of the nation, with some slight variances; for example, while Daniel was praying for the restoration of the Jewish people during their 70 years of Babylonian captivity, the prayer I am presenting here is for the repentance and restoration of the Ephraimite people, as we prepare to end our own captivity of 2,730 years. Following this revision of Daniel 9:4-19 is Psalm 80, which is presented in its original form.
Although the undertaking of this prayer was designed for me personally, I do readily welcome and encourage anyone who feels led to join me to do so.
A Prayer for the Days of Awe (Adapted from Daniel 9:4-19 and Psalm 80)
O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love You and keep Your commandments: we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, and have turned aside from Your commandments and from Your ordinances; neither have we listened to Your servants the Prophets, that spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness; but to us belongs open shame, as at this day; to the men of Ephraim, to those who live as foreigners in a foreign land, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries to which You have driven them, because they dealt treacherously with You. O YHWH, to us belongs open shame, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belongs compassion and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against Him; neither have we listened to the voice of YHWH our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the Prophets.
All Israel has transgressed Your Torah, and has turned aside, so as not to listen to Your voice; and so there has been poured out upon us the curse and the oath that is written in the Torah of Moses the servant of God; for we have sinned against Him. And He has confirmed His Word, which He spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil. As it is written in the Torah of Moses, all this evil is come upon us; yet have we not sought the favor of YHWH our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and have discernment in Your truth. And so YHWH has watched over the evil, and brought it upon us; for YHWH our God is righteous in all His works which He has done, and we have not listened to His voice. And now, O Lord our God, that has brought Your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and has made Your name renown, as at this day: we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury, I pray You, be turned away from us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of Your servants, and to our supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon us, for the Lord’s sake. O our God, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great compassion. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, attend and do, and do not defer; for Your own sake, O our God, because Your name is called upon Your people.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You that lead Joseph like a flock; You that are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your might, and come to save us. O God, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. O YHWH God of hosts, how long will You be angry against the prayer of Your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure. You make us a strife to our neighbors; and our enemies mock as they please. O God of hosts, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. You plucked up a vine out of Egypt; and You drove out the nations, and planted it. You cleared a place before it, and it took deep root, and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shadow, and the mighty cedars with its boughs. She sent out her branches to the sea, and her shoots to the River.
Why have You broken down her fences, so that all they that pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood ravages it, and that which moves in the field feeds on it. O God of hosts, return, we beseech You; look from heaven, and behold, and be mindful of this vine, and of the stock which Your right hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the Son of Man whom You made strong for Yourself. So shall we not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your name. O YHWH, God of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.
1 See Ken Rank’s teaching “40 Days and Nights” at United2Restore, and Tzefanyah ben Yochanon’s teaching “Forty Days of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Restoration” at B’ney Yosef North America.
2 Sept. 3 through Oct. 12.
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