Nehemiah 9:1-2 NKJV
“Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.”
-Confess in Hebrew is written as nekar which means to ask for mercy. Confession is expressing true remorse and it entirely depends on God’s mercy. It also means to denounce every foreign idol from the context of the above scripture. Nehemiah confronted corporate sin by instituting a fast and confessing it publicly. He also lead the people in confessing not only their sins but the sins of their fathers who practiced idolatry. Throughout this book, we find the theme of confession and returning to God. Nehemiah also symbolically leads the people in rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple wall.
Our great and awesome God, You are Good and Your mercies endures forever. You are awesome God in all the heavens and the earth. May You forgive us all our sins and wash us with Your precious blood,
we humbly implore You. May You show us Your mercy and forgive us, forgive our fathers, forefathers, relatives, leaders, nation, nation of Morocco, China, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, and all the nations of the world. May You deliver all the war torn countries, and those that are faced with natural calamities. May Your mercy overlook judgement merciful Savior. May You have mercy on us and on the whole world. You are a covenant keeping God, have mercy dear Lord Jesus. May Your ear be attentive to us and Your eyes open to us Your children. May You guide our steps throughout this week and prosper all our ways according to Your enduring love and grace. Amen
Further reading: Nehemiah 1:5-6