SCRIPTURE: Daniel 6:10-23
The faith and courage of Daniel is so pre-eminent that he stands as an example to all. Darius, the King of Babylon, elevated Daniel to high office, resulting in the jealousy of other officials. Knowing of Daniel’s devotion to his God, his enemies tricked the king into issuing an edict forbidding worship of any other god or man for a 30 day period. Daniel continued to pray to God three tines a day. He was accused of breaking the edict. King Darius, forced by his own decree, threw Daniel into the lions’ den. God, however, shut the mouths of the lions to protect Daniel. The next morning, Darius rejoiced to find him unharmed. The king cast Daniel’s accusers into the lions’ pit along with their wives and children to be instantly devoured while he, himself, acknowledged Daniel’s God as the One whose kingdom should never be destroyed.
Daniel maintained an unbroken and uncompromised spirit in the face of events that would try other people’s souls. The promise of honor, wealth, and power could not seduce him from his allegiance to God the Father. He was able to put off temptation and stay the course.
Here is a lighthouse story. The captain of a ship looked into the dark night and saw a light in the distance. He immediately told his signalman to send the message, “Alter your course ten degrees south. I am a captain!” Soon a reply was received. “Alter your course ten degrees to the north. I am Seaman Third Class Jones.” The captain sent a final message. “Alter your course ten degrees south. I am a battleship.” The reply was “Alter your course ten degrees north. I am a lighthouse and I am not moving!”
There are times when we need to alter course. There are times when our course has been changed for us. There are times when we need to stay the course in spite of temptation to do otherwise. Sometimes, we need to do more than just stay the course. We are a lighthouse with God when we are not moving forward in our faith. The more than we understand about our God and pray, the stronger our faith will become. What Daniel did was stay the course with God. For Daniel, when his enemies plotted against him, he gazed into the face of death with God by his side. The secret of Daniel’s strength lay in his practice of daily prayer.
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.
Martin Luther, Bible translator and minister, stated, “In prayer, here I stand. I can do no other. God help me!”
Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves to you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God that we serve is able to deliver us from it and he will deliver us from your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold that you have set up.”
We must be firm and faithful in our prayer. When praying, put your focus on God and He will take care of the rest!