About four days ago, I was given the privilege to preach at our youth worship service in Greenhills Christian Fellowship South Metro. As you read this, you’d perceive this entry as more of a “post-preaching” reflection of Daniel 6:1-23. If you have a bible near you, I seriously encourage you to open it to the said passages.
Don’t worry, I won’t preach here like what I did last Sunday. All I want to focus on is a particular segment of the said text, because it’s been running in my head for the past couple of days. I sensed God’s leading to write something about it. In verse 10b of Daniel 6, it says:
“He (Daniel) got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.”
The context? Simply put, all the officials (except Darius) were against Daniel. In fact, an immediate injunction was signed and was announced that anyone who prays to any god or man other the king would be thrown to the den of lions! This order was effective for thirty days. Hence, Daniel was limited to choose between two options.
A. Live, by compromising. Besides, it will only take a month, right?
B. Die, because of standing firm for the God he loves.
What did he choose? Despite the impending danger, he still chose letter B. Moreover, he was on his knees and prayed three times a day! Here, the modifier “previously”, in its original Hebrew text, means “from antiquity”. Meaning, it’s been a life-long habit! It’s his passion, and nothing changed despite the circumstances!
Daniel remained faithful to his daily discipline of praying to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And what puzzles me further was his attitude of thankfulness even if things were not going in his favor.
I wonder, was there really something to be thankful for? Hmm… I’m not so sure. Why?
A. All one hundred and twenty satraps (or governors) and two fellow presidents were after Daniel’s fall.
B. He’s bound to be fed to the starving lions.
In short, he’s dead.
Yet God delivered Daniel in the most amazing way.
Oh, indeed, “…the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Ch. 16:9a)
My prayer today is that we’d all have a “Daniel-like” discipline, a “Daniel-like” faith, and a “Daniel-like” attitude of thankfulness.
May we desire for a disciplined lifestyle of prayer fueled by faith. May we have that rock-solid faith produced out of knowing, believing in, and embracing the God revealed in Scriptures. And may we put on a kind of attitude that exclaims “thank You, Lord” even if we’re at wit’s end and things don’t go the way we want them to happen.
*For your reference, here’s the link to the Scripture text I was referring to. I hope this helps, guys.