Daniel 6:10: “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.”
Have you ever been confronted with the choice of obedience to God or culture? Choosing godly obedience is a strong testimony. In our devotion, we will see how Daniel’s resolve can encourage ours.
Today’s hero, Daniel, was confronted with a law that made prayer to anyone other than the king punishable by death for a 30 day period. Daniel could have taken a month off from his prayers or practiced his faith in secret, but he didn’t. He continued his practice of praying three times a day, kneeling before open windows that faced Jerusalem. His faithfulness to God got him arrested and thrown into a den full of lions.
Daniel refused to cave in to external pressure. He was oppressed by his peers and was punished directly by King Darius! He decided it was more important to obey God than to obey ungodly laws, even if it meant death. How important is prayer to us, really? Are we willing to obey Jesus’ call to preach the Gospel, even if it means trials and suffering? Read ahead (Daniel 6:25-28) to find out what happened as a result of Daniel’s confident action.
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Thank God for the ways he has protected you in the past. Remember his faithfulness to you and ask for faith to trust him to act on your behalf again.
Take a risk in showing you someone you care about them.