The Lions’ Den, Part IV

This week, I will be gone taking a group of junior high and high school kids to a Christian camp. I will have no internet access, though I have scheduled posts for each day. I will respond to any comments that you leave when I get back home. Thanks for reading and God bless.

All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel 6:7, 9-10

The men who hated Daniel found their way to bring him down.  They knew that they would have to try to get him to disobey his God.  And they convinced king Darius to make a decree that no one could ask any god or man for anything in the next thirty days.  Of course, this would make praying to God illegal.  And, since God has commanded us to pray, Daniel would have to choose to obey the king or to obey God.  These men knew what Daniel would do.  Daniel went right about his business of obeying God.

I like the fact that the Bible tells us that “when Daniel knew that the writing was signed…”  he prayed.  There was going to be no mistake.  Daniel was not going to plead ignorance of the law.  He knew that the decree had been signed by the king.  And he prayed anyway.

I also like the fact that “his windows being open…” is how he prayed.  Could Daniel have shut himself up in a closet and prayed to God?  Of course he could have.  Given a similar situation, that is probably exactly what most of us would have done.  We would have continued to pray, just not in public where everyone could see us.  But not Daniel.  He continued obeying God just as he had done before, just as if there were no law. 

Here is what I take from these verses: just keep doing what you are supposed to be doing, no matter what.  Things may change, times may change, opinions may change and even laws may change.  But our obedience to the Lord should never change.  It should never waiver and it should never hesitate.  We should all follow Daniel’s example!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben, for this great encouragement to keep on keeping on for Him! 🙂


  2. AMEN! I’ll just add my two cents worth :). Our obedience to the Lord should never change, because He never changes. Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and FOREVER!!


  3. Thank you, Ben

    Amen echo!

    If we take care of what concerns Him, He`ll take care of us.



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