Verse of the Week
“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]
The Main Idea
As we see in our verse for the week Daniel showed true faith in his obedience to God regardless of his circumstances he found himself in. Whether it was ok or not, Daniel knew that he had to be faithful to God. Daniel wasn’t saved in the lion's den because he prayed one time in defiance of the king’s order. He was saved in the lion’s den because he lived a life of faithfulness. Daniel was dependent on God and faithful in prayer daily.
Point 1 - A Life of Devotion
Daniel’s number one value was his devotion to God. Daniel got down on his knees 3 times a day no matter what and prayed to God. We see Daniel’s posture toward God in his posture in prayer. Daniel got down on his knees which symbolizes a place of surrender and humility before God. Daniel was a busy and important man but he guarded what was most important to him, his time to commune with God in prayer.
Point 2 - A Life of Integrity
Daniel’s devotion and prayer life led to him living a life of integrity. We see that these men tried to find Daniel at fault in something but there was nothing. Daniel was upright and good in all he did. When we spend consistent time with God it leads to a desire for the right things. It leads to good character and integrity.
Point 3 - A Life of Faith
Daniel was saved not because of his good life but because he trusted God. This Christian life is all about faith. We start it and are saved through faith and we seek and grow in Christlikeness through faith. We see in the book of Hebrews that without faith it is impossible to please God. Daniel didn’t have courage in the lion’s den because of his ability or character. No, he had courage in the lion's den because of his faith in God. His consistency in the prayer closet led to courage in the lion's den.
How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?
What has God shown you through this story?
Put yourself in Daniel’s shoes. Would you be confident in the lion's den from your prayer life recently?
How consistent is your prayer life? Why do you think a lot of Christians struggle to pray consistently?
Seeing the importance of prayer, how can you begin to grow in your prayer life?
Don’t read this story and only see how you may or may not be failing in your prayer life. Let this story do what the bible is supposed to do, convict and teach you in your walk with Christ. What is one small discipline you can apply to your prayer life starting today?