We see in the book of Daniel where the people of Israel and Judah were taken into captivity in Babylon. Others had been scattered into other countries following the overthrow of Israel by the King of Babylon. Daniel was an upright man and he and other skilled Jews were taken to Babylon to be used for the King’s service.
Daniel prospered and excelled in Babylon despite being in captivity because he walked in the favour of the Lord. Daniel also had the ability to interpret dreams and visions that even the greatest magicians in the land could not interpret. (Daniel 5:12) Despite Daniel’s excellence he experienced many trials and prosecution as others were jealous of his success. (Daniel 6)
Then in chapter 9 Daniel spent 21 days in fasting and prayer to ask God to deliver his people. At the start of his fast Daniel cried out to God and confessed the sins of his people. Daniel recognised that some of the challenges that he had experienced and was experiencing was as a result of the sins of his ancestors.
There are some challenges and battles that we find ourselves in the middle of due to mistakes made by our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. But God is faithful to forgive and he has promised, “The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
Once we repent and renounce the former works of the past, then we can walk in the freedom and favour of the Lord. In this season let us cry out to God in repentance for our country and our nation and trust in God to heal our land.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)