“We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” -Daniel 9:18b,19
So you want to move forward with your mission in life, but you feel like a fraud. You feel like the mission is too good for you, or that you shouldn’t attempt the mission because it would just be an exercise in pride.
I’m here to tell you you’re wrong.
Daniel was a public figure, and despite the glowing biblical account he, like everyone else, was not perfect. Being so well known, there were many chances for pride to interfere with his desires to serve God. For the most part it seems like he was able to quell his pride. But he never refrained from pursuing his mission because he thought there would be too much pride involved.
He didn’t hesitate in his mission because he knew that, regardless of his downfalls, it was God’s name at stake. As someone bearing God’s name, he realized he could not hold back. His only option was to push forward, praying for protection and trusting that God would give it.
Five Steps to Keep Pursuing Your Mission
His prayer in chapter nine illustrates five steps that will bring yourself to a place where you can keep pursuing your mission, despite all of your doubts. Please follow along in your Bible:
- Acknowledge your sin. (v. 5)
- Acknowledge God’s righteousness. (v. 7)
- Acknowledge that you are justly facing the consequences of your sin. (v. 11)
- Remember the redemptive moments from your history, and the world’s history, with God. (v. 15)
- Ask God to redeem your in your mission once again, in light of all these things, for His Name’s sake. (v. 19)
Note that this was all as Daniel was fasting and wearing sackcloth and ashes.
As a result of that prayer, God sent Gabriel to tell Daniel the answer to the prophetic mystery that had been troubling him–a revelation that has brought increased hope to millions of people.
So go ahead. Don’t stop yourself, because you’re the only one who can. And every moment that passes without you testifying to God’s glory is a moment where God’s Name is not being magnified enough. It is your responsibility to move on with your mission whether or not you can work through your self-doubt. After all, this is not really about you (and that’s a good thing).