In the ninth chapter of Daniel, he confesses his own sins and the sins of the nation Israel. In 1619 at Jamestown, slavery was introduced to North America. This is a prayer of confession for our nation based on the ninth chapter of Daniel. (I think it particularly important to say this prayer if you are a blood descendant of a Jamestown settler.–JW)
O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us the inhabitants of the United States of America belongs open shame because of the treachery that we and our ancestors have committed against you. To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Our nation has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us. We suffered much in the Civil War. The vestiges of slavery are still with us.
And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly. We confess that our ancestors introduced slavery to the continent of North America, and we confess our own indifference to the 27 million people enslaved today.
O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from the United States because of our sins, and the iniquities of our fathers. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servants and to our pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your people. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the church that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your people are called by your name.