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DEATH DEFYING PRAYER

DEATH DEFYING PRAYER

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Daniel 6:10 NKJV

What would prevent you from praying? A ban on prayer? The presence of your co-workers? Time constraints? Daniel exemplified great faith, and prayed in spite of serious persecution.

King Darius had promoted Daniel to one of the highest positions in the Babylonian government. Jealous of Daniel, the other government representatives, the satraps and governors, sought to find some indiscretion in Daniel (Dan. 6:4). Daniel was a captive from Judah, and they could not allow him to have a higher position than them. The Medes and Persians had a custom which made it impossible to repeal any law once the king signed it making it official. With this knowledge, the satraps and governors secretly plotted to make a law to implicate Daniel for praying to God. The penalty for prayer would be death, in the lion’s den.

Aware of the law and its dire consequences, Daniel faithfully prayed as usual. When a government passes a law contradicting the Bible, Christians must obey God and His holy Word (Acts 4:17-21). Amazingly, Daniel did not pray for God to swiftly rescue him from his impending doom. Daniel gave thanks to God (Dan. 6:10). He was grateful even in the face of death.

Thrilled, they had caught Daniel breaking a law, the satraps and governors hastened to share their news with the king. “The king… was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.” (Dan. 6:14). The men reminded King Darius he could not change the law. Much to King Darius’ dismay, they hurried Daniel to the lions’ den. The distraught king told Daniel the God he served would faithfully deliver him from the deadly jaws of the lions. Did King Darius genuinely believe this, or was he anxiously clinging to one thread of hope?

King Darius encountered a long, sleepless night because he was deeply concerned about Daniel. As morning dawned, he wasted no time getting to Daniel. The king cried out to Daniel, hoping God had delivered him. To the king’s delight, Daniel was alive! “…no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” (Dan. 6:24). Daniel believed in his God! He trusted God! Daniel patiently and totally relied on God, and God faithfully delivered him.

Are you in a lions’ den? It may be your health, or emotional turmoil. Possibly your finances are a mess, or you have problems at work. Perhaps, you are facing persecution, like Daniel. Whatever trial you are going through today, God already knows.

God is able to deliver you just like He delivered Daniel. Sometimes our hearts grow anxious, but we must trust God. We must be patient and rely on God for His timing, just like Daniel. We need Daniel’s faith – not a “hope so” faith, but a “know so” faith. Friend, let us give thanks to God who is mighty to deliver us, and pray for stronger faith. The faith that muzzles lions.

Lord, thank you for Your many blessings and for being our deliverer. You have delivered us from sin, death, and hell. You have delivered us from more than we will ever know. Strengthen our faith that we may have the faith of Daniel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Hebrews 11:1.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Commit more time to prayer and be intentional about it. Put it on your calendar if necessary. Seek stronger faith as you pray. Look for mileposts in your life that prove your faith is growing.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Incense Rising Online Study 15

Welcome back to our study through Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer. Day 37 did not dig into the details of Daniel’s prayer, but we can spend more time there today.

Daniel begins by looking at God’s attributes. God’s greatness overshadows Daniel’s weakness. He remembers God is a promise keeper, and Daniel was claiming a particular promise in Scripture. As Daniel read Jeremiah’s prophecy, he rejoiced at the promise that their return to Israel was soon. Daniel knew the Israelites did not deserve God’s blessings. They had sinned. That was the reason they were in Babylon.

Daniel confessed the sins of Israel. Do we do that? Do we seek the forgiveness of a nation that slaughters the unborn? No, I have never had an abortion. No, I have never performed one, but I live in a nation with bloodstains on its hands. That was Daniels point. His beloved nation of Israel had sinned. They did not deserve God’s mercy, but God is gracious and forgiving.

Only God was, and is, righteous. Not Israel. Not us. We are like the people Daniel was praying for. We are as shameful as them. Anything God would do to them, to us, would be fair, because only He is righteous.

Daniel recalls God’s power. Sometimes, we talk about God’s power so much that we become complacent about it. We need a reminder about just how awesome God’s power really is. Daniel knew only God had the power to deliver them out of captivity. They could not deliver themselves. They could do nothing without God.

Sometimes, we trust in ourselves to do things. We fail when we believe we can do it in our own anemic strength. When there is no one, no one at all, but God, we are reminded just how powerless we really are. The incurable cancer. The accident which should have taken your life. The depression even the anti-depressants do not halt. The child who will not return. The door that refuses to budge.

Why would God want to use His mighty arm on behalf of sinful Israel? Why would He do it on our behalf?

Not for the sake of Daniel. Not for the sake of Israel, but for the sake of the Lord and His name. Save the people. Return them to their beloved Jerusalem. Though they did not deserve it, the good name of the Lord did.

Daniel knew it was God’s will to be merciful to Israel. He begged for His mercy.

We pray to the same merciful God. We cry out on behalf of our nation, our churches, and our families. Not for our benefit. Not for our pleasure, but for God’s glory. If our prayer requests do not bring glory to God, we should remain silent. If we do not make supplication for God’s glory, we should keep quiet. The glory of God must be our sole purpose in prayer.

Lord, we can be selfish asking for what we want at times. Help us think like Daniel. Help us keep Your glory front and center in our prayers. Amen.