As I was reading Daniel 9:1-27, I was deeply struck by v. 18. The Prophet Daniel said: “Give ear, our God and hear; open Your eyes and see, the desolation of the city that bears Your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of YOUR great mercy.”
Why did Daniel, despite being a righteous man, identified himself with the sinfulness of his people? When he prayed and interceded for his nation, he included himself in his prayer of confession. He could have said to the Lord that He is devout, pious and, certainly, more righteous that his fellow Jews. Yet he didn’t do so because he knew his best was and will never be enough. He wouldn’t even be able to approach God if it were not for God’s great mercy and grace.