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“For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.” (Daniel 9:18)

What a great encouragement to prayer. Especially when we have sinned against the Lord. For here, Daniel (who is in exile with God’s people because of their sin) demonstrates that it is not because of our righteousness, but because of the great mercy of God, that we can pray. This is of utmost importance, for the devil will often lie, telling sinners they have no right to pray. Certainly this would be true, if the character of our father were anything like the character of our enemy, but: our God is rich in mercy. Notice, the mercy of the Lord is no average mercy, but great mercy. Therefore, no matter how long you have been in the far country, you can pray. Like Jonah, if you pray, even in the belly of the fish of sin, the great and merciful God will hear.