Prayer for the day
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to your Name, O Most High. But the LORD is enthroned for ever; he has set up his throne for judgment. It is he who rules the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with equity. The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble. Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD. Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
Scripture for the day
It’s not an easy thing to admit when we’ve been wrong. It’s nice to think that what we do isn’t all that bad, and that if we can quietly apologize, everything will be ok. Everything will not, however, be ok, so long as we continue in the prideful belief that what we do isn’t all that bad.
Daniel recognized the importance of truthfulness when he stood before God to pray. He confessed the sins of his people, knowing that God already knew the horrible things they had done. His prayer was an acknowledgement that the people knew exactly how wicked they had been. They knew the depths of their depravity, and desired to live lives of faithfulness instead of wickedness.
Instead of delusion, instead of faking that everything is fine, the writer of 3 John encouraged the people to be faithful to the truth, regardless of what befell them. They were to live lives that did not require repentance, though if they did require it, they would immediately live in that repentance. They were supposed to be people who were faithful, and if they were not, they were to turn from their ways back tot he creation of God.
May we go and do likewise.