10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” (Daniel 6:10 -12)
We end our focus on Prayer this week by looking at an example from the Bible. The story of Daniel in the lions’ den is a popular one. The passage above describes the circumstances leading up to Daniel being thrown into the den. It is likely that none of us have ever faced a challenge to our commitment to prayer of the severity that Daniel faced. Of course, we know that Daniel never wavered from his commitment.
Please prayerfully reflect on the example of Daniel and compare his resolve to yours.
Something to think about:
If you were accused in a court of law of being truly committed to prayer, what evidence from your normal practice would the prosecutor present to find you guilty?