Devotional: ‘A Regular Practice of Prayer’

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As we left off in our study last week, we saw how the Lord was blessing Daniel and causing him to be promoted in the kingdom. Scripture says that Daniel was made the governor of all the governors throughout the entire land of Babylon. But Daniel’s promotion did not please everyone. The Bible says that the other officers and administrators began searching for some way to criticize and condemn him. Finally they concluded, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:5)

The governmental officials went to the king and encouraged him to make a law that forbid people to pray to anyone other than the king. The penalty for breaking this law would be a visit to the lions’ den. Without taking time to think it through, the king quickly signed the law and put it into action. What happened next is amazing – “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.”  (Daniel 6:11)

Why did Daniel pray before an open window? Was he deliberately trying to be defiant? I believe that there are at least two reasons for Daniel’s persistent praying:

Daniel Claimed the Promises of God

The Bible says that when Solomon built the Temple and dedicated it, he made this request of God – “If your people sin against you, and you cause them to be carried away to a foreign land, if they turn back to you and pray towards this temple, hear their prayers and forgive their sins.” (see 2 Chronicles 6:36-39) God responded to Solomon’s request by saying, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (see 2 Chronicles 7:14) No doubt a regular part of Daniel’s prayers was for forgiveness and restoration.

Daniel Continued to Do What He Had Always Done Before

The Bible says that Daniel continued to pray – ‘just as he had done before.’ Kneeling before an open window that faced Jerusalem was not something new for Daniel. He did it every day. Daniel’s enemies knew that and they believed that not even a king’s decree would stop him. No doubt they thought that they had finally set the perfect trap to get rid of him and his religion.

No doubt many of you already know how the rest of the story goes, but I hope that you will join me again tomorrow as we continue to study this amazing story. My final words for today are – KEEP PRAYING!

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