If you’re like me, you’ve probably been in a prayer meeting when someone brings up repenting for the sins of the nation, like making same-sex marriage the law of the land, supporting abortion or for the individual participants involved in any sinful activities.
There is a tremendous misunderstanding regarding repentance for the sins of others in the body of Christ that needs to be corrected and that is that under no circumstances can anyone *ever* repent for the sins of anyone else, period. The entire concept of repentance, as a necessary element of salvation, is that it is personal and individual. The only one that you can repent for is you. Your salvation is as personal and individual as you are and thus, so is your repentance. Attempting to repent for *anyone* else’s sin is an exercise in spiritual futility, so stop it.
That being said, we can confess the sins of others, including generational sins, and even intercede on their behalf, giving them up to the mercy of God. An excellent example of this is found in Nehemiah 1:5-7, in which he quotes Daniel 9. Notice at no time does Nehemiah, Daniel, or any other prophet, ever attempt to repent for the sins of others - because it can’t be done.