Wednesday, March 8, 2006

ca. 625 B.C.Medo-Persian Headlines:
90 Year Old Officer Cast Into Lions Den and Survived!

"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 formerly." (Dan. 6:10)

At this point in time Daniel was about 90 some odd years old. He certainly developed an exemplary prayer life. Three times a day he prayed. It was not that he had nothing else to do. In fact the Bible tells us that he was a high ranking official under Darius the Mede. Eventually this act of worship to his God (Jehovah) got him in trouble. What is interesting to me is that despite being in trouble, Daniel still worshipped the Lord. Circumstances did not dictate his devotion to God. Could you imagine a 90 year old man cast into a den of lions? I don't know, I would think many Christians would rather shrink from true worship and perhaps would say 'Oh, God shut the door on this one, I'll wait for the decree to expire and resume my practice..." I don't know - - I am thinking out loud. May be I would respond in a negative way? I certainly would like to have the courage if push comes to shove. All I can say is that Daniel is a great example that we need to emulate. A devotional prayer life that was available to Daniel is available to us, plus we even have the advantage since the Holy Spirit dwells in us and the Word of God is in our hands.

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