But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10)
What (tries to) attacks your prayer life? Is it assaults and accusations? Is it other people toward your obedience to the Word of God (v5)?
Well what we can glean from this part of Daniel’s story is that it’s not so much what we’re going through but who we’re talking to.
Him, his personhood in Christ, his prayer life were all under fire (v4). And there was something, certain individuals trying to infringe on his faith, his time in prayer.
Speak Or Pray
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7).
Thirty days without prayer. Without communion, without communication with God. Agree to this law or be thrown into the den of lions. You can speak to earthly authority but you cannot pray to God (v7).
And yet Daniel didn’t think his hands were tied (v10). Not to the circumstance or consideration given to the administrators and high officers. He went home, went upstairs, opened his windows (and mouth) and gave thanks to God as usual.
“Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you” (Psalm 5:2).
There’s something wonderful, great even, for those who pray. Prayer surrenders not to the situation but to the God of justice, righteousness, holiness and faithfulness. That God can and will come into the lives of those who pray. Prayers, as we read in the above Psalm, are answered because of who he is.
As Usual, As Always
“So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again” (Matthew 26:44).
Jesus looked towards the heavens as usual, as always. And his prayers rested in the fullness of his Father. The greatest trial, literally, and victory of his life was the ultimate opportunity to witness for and about his Father. To be the testimony, the evidence, the salvation, and seal of him, the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come (Revelation 1:4).
Who Has Time To Wait
“Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).
Who wants to wait, for anything, let alone for a prayer to be answered? Prayer can appear slow. A waste of time. That we could be doing something else. That we can fix it ourselves.
But the Psalmist David would disagree.
He rushes to pray to God. Mornings work best for him. He sees the need for prayer and prioritizes. And awaits God’s answer.
He’s Still God, I Still Pray
There is one something we should always conclude about prayer (v13). ‘He’s still God, I still pray.’
God’s honored role and title is that of a living God. And ours remains ‘servant’ (v20). Being a steward over our prayer lives magnifies and glorifies an even greater God. And gives us notice to the eyes and ears of the LORD: they are always upon the ones he finds innocent. Not man’s status (v22).
God is trustworthy and without restraint to rescue and save his people (vv23-27).
The Holy Spirit, Our Prayer
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words” (Romans 8:26).
Jesus has given us the promise and fulfillment of the Holy Spirit. His ascension into heaven has guaranteed that there will always be an answer to prayer through his name, through the Holy Spirit and through our prayer.
So let’s go Christians, let’s continue to stand, loved by God and serious about prayer!