Sovereign Lord, We recognize that in our nation today, as in Daniel’s time, there are men with political power who have become strong but not by their own power, and who have thrown truth to the ground. They cause deceit to prosper, and consider themselves superior, men who are great in their own minds and seek to use their power against your people and to bring low your sanctuary, the church of Jesus Christ. They even set themselves up against the Lord Christ, the Prince of princes. We pray that they will be defeated, not by human power, but by your great and divine power. I pray for myself and for ______________________, that we will walk in the opposite spirit of the man we see described here. Where others seek to bring your sanctuary low, may we work to build it up. Where others set themselves up to be as great as the Prince of the host, may we bow down and worship him. Where truth is thrown to the ground, I pray that we will declare it and defend it and raise it up. Where others cause deceit to prosper, may we lay aside falsehood and speak truth. Where others are stern-faced, I pray that we will display compassion and kindness. Where others resort to intrigue, may we conduct ourselves with openness, honesty, and integrity. Where others consider themselves superior, I pray that we will not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, but instead humble ourselves under your mighty hand that you may lift us up at the proper time. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.