Friday, April 15, 2011

Praying - No Matter the Cost

Daniel 6

I love this story of Daniel. Daniel was a godly man who worshipped his God unceasingly no matter who was around to see. There are so many things that I love about this chapter in the story of Daniel, but if I had to pick just one thing that I think summed it all up it would probably be that in verse 4 and 5 where it says, "they could find no corruption/fault in him...We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God."

This one phrase tells us a lot about Daniel and his life.  No fault in Him!...(Lord, let this be true of my own life.)  By this one phrase we can tell that Daniel followed hard after the Lord, led a life of purity before men, was honest, trustworthy, and a great example for all to see.   We can be tempted to think that this cannot be true in our own lives when in reality Daniel's God (our God) can work just as mightily in our lives as He did Daniel's.

Is there an area in your life where you know someone could find fault?  I know there are plenty of areas in my own life that need to be examined.   There are things in my life that might not be bad, but aren’t setting a high example for others.  There are small areas that we tend to think are acceptable that we struggle with.  It might be easy to hide our sin if no one is looking.  (On a side note, who we are in private is really who we are.  When we act one way in private than we do in public we better examine the real us.  One of the worst things for our children to see is the mom being two different people.)   Here in Daniel’s life we see the administrators of the land went looking for fault, yet still could not find any.

How do we live a life that like Daniel’s will set an example of purity, faithfulness, and commitment? We pray!  The focal point of this
whole chapter is prayer.  The one thing that led him to the lion’s den was prayer.  The whole topic of the decree, made by the administrators, had to do
with prayer.  Daniel’s life was marked (for all to see) by a life of prayer.
Even when Daniel knew his praying could lead to death he still
prayed.  He saw the importance of prayer and continued at any cost.   When life becomes about our relationship with Christ and glorifying Him at all costs we may just find as Daniel did that there is no sacrifice to great to follow hard after our God. A daily life of prayer will change lives around us, but it will also change our own lives and we will find ourselves becoming more like our Savior.

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