“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.”

Daniel 6:10

Daniel was, like David, a man after God’s heart. He and his three friends were living in Babylon where opposition to God was strong. But they were committed to following Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, and “to these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding” (Daniel 1:17).

The Bible gives us a glimpse of Daniel’s prayer life. He trusted God through uncertain times, as opposition was strong, and even as evil men attempted to destroy him. “But they could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” (v. 4). 

Regardless of how things looked for his future, Daniel “went home to his upstairs room…got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel knew the One true God was alive. Prayer had always been his link to Him.

God knows you intimately and invites you to come to Him, especially when you are weary and burdened (see Matthew 11:28). Be of like mind with Him. The Lord will guide you through the maze of life’s troubles.




Scripture Focus

Daniel 6:1-13

Insight

“It requires a serious mind and a determined heart to pray past the ordinary into the unusual.” (A.W. Tozer, 1959)

Bible In A Year

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  • 1 Thessalonians 3-4