What Daniel Prayed For

Sorry I did not write yesterday. I had been up all night. I fell asleep slightly after five o’clock, so I was pressed to get the writing in before had to go to the place that God uses to pay my internet service bill, feed my family and all other sustenance issues. Nevertheless, I am back this morning to talk about What Daniel Prayed For.

By now, I am sure that you have read  Daniel 6. If not, stop and read it. It does not matter what I say; it only matters what the Word of God says. “… Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:16-18). “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”Luke 11:27-29. Yesterday, I had a person to share with that I needed to cover myself in prayer as the battle is against powers and principalities of the dark side. He talked about me commanding angels. I listened and offered a little retort, but I understand that I must rely on God and His Word. There are many promises of protection in the Word of God, but I offer Psalm 91 as one for you to study. We find there that God promises to aid us even in the midst of hardships. When the psalmist says ” no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.”, he is clearly not saying nothing bad or harmful will not happen to you. The emphasis is on where we place our faith or trust in adverse times. In Psalm 91:9, the condition of God’s protection is given: If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge, then …”

We see that dynamic in full effect in 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. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.

The decree was that anyone found to pray or to petitions any god or man within thirty days except the king would be thrown into the den of lions. From verse 10 above, we see that Daniel prayed to Jehovah as he always had done. He got caught up honoring his God in prayer. Men tried to use that against him. Despite the agony of the decision to throw Daniel in the lion’s den, the king had to honor his decree. His hope was in Daniel’s God – Jehovah. Listen to the words of the king in verse 16 – “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” NIV1984 or “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” NJKV. Either rendering conveys that the king was no longer in control, but he relied on the power of the God of Daniel.

We know this because the king stayed up that night abstaining from food and entertainment. The king fasted in hope that Jehovah would rescue Daniel. The king’s hope, as well as Daniel’s, was answered in the manner they desired. Listen to the Word of God.

20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever!22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight.Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trustedin his God.

 While God does not obligate Himself to save every faithful and unfaulty person, He does so here. Daniel told the king that God sent his angel, just as He says in Psalm 91:11, who shut the mouths of the lions. God did this because he was innocent and had not done wrong before the king. Our problem is that in most cases we are not innocent nor can it be said that we had done no wrong before the ruling authority. If we can, we can rest assured that God will protect us; even if harm comes to us, we will be saved spiritually. If we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, our spirits can never be separated from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
What Daniel Prayed For is what we pray for – protection and rescuing. Remember, we must stay in line with God by trusting, relying and obeying Him. He will deliver us when we call as King Darius intimated in his prayer :
“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

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