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 aforetime. Daniel 6:10
Prayer. One of the most underestimated and undervalued sources of Christian influence and godly persuasion. Sadly, it’s treated more like an obligation and duty, rather than a privilege and honor. For Daniel, prayer was worth dying for. Communication with his Creator was his lifeline. How big of a threat Daniel’s prayer life must have been for the political zealots to single him out by criminalizing his open and obvious daily habit?
This brings to mind a couple of challenging questions in our own lives regarding the prominence of and proclivity toward prayer.
- Is your prayer life powerful enough to make a statement both before God and man? As a rule, it’s not our desire to have our prayer life viewed as a threat, but to the enemy of our souls, our prayer life is DEFCON LEVEL 1! Is our prayer life a threat or a mere of an annoyance?
- If by chance the powers-that-be would endeavor to legislate against prayer, would it even matter to you? Would it leave such a void that the absence of prayer in your life would be catastrophic and cripple you spiritually?
- Is prayer so essential and so vital to your existence that you would be willing to risk your life to continue praying in spite of the dire consequences Daniel faced?
- Lastly, and more painfully, if there was ever a law decreed against prayer, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
If you view prayer as an annoyance and disruption to your life, that’s all the enemy needs to exterminate your prayer life altogether.
Ironically, the very law that made Daniel’s prayer life criminal, was the same one that galvanized his resolve to pray even MORE! And, his opponents were destroyed by the same form of punishment that was created for him. Talk about turning the holy tables on the enemy!
Never underestimate the power your prayer can have. The Words of Jesus shed further insight on the impact a prayer life full of faith can have when He said, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23
Now a prayer life that can accomplish such a monumental feat as this, to me is worth dying for!