“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God.”
– Daniel 6:10-11 (ESV)
- Daniel faced a very difficult situation: to pray to no other god but king Darius for 30 days, which tested his faith and held life or death consequences for him.
- In the midst of all of this Daniel 1) continued to pray as before, 2) thanked God, 3) asked God for help, and 4) was caught praying by his enemies.
- As busy and as under pressure as Daniel was, we notice that he did not waver in prayer. He knew exactly who he was talking to – the God of the universe!
- How is your prayer thermometer doing? Are you a “piping hot”, a 10, or an “icy cold”, a 0? It is good to reflect and assess where we are before charting a way forward. Remember, we need not stay where we are if our “score” happens to be low. We can change that right here and right now.
- Daniel had a place, a time, and a focus with regards to prayer. Do you have a special “spot” that you use for prayer and communion with the Father? Are there times in the day that are less busy, less demanding, that could be set aside for fellowship with Jesus? Are you ready to listen to the Holy Spirit as He assists you to thank God and also ask Him for help?
- Start today by finding that “spot”, setting aside the time, and then thanking God and asking Him for help.