Welcome to Day 19 of 21 Days of Prayer
You’ve been faithful to everything God has set your hands to do. Faithful in prayer. Faithful to God. Faithful on your job. Faithful to your purpose and calling in life. Faithful in praying for those in authority over you. You’ve been faithfully praying and living right before God, but despite your best efforts, you’ve been thrown into the den of lions.
The stakes are high! Emotions are high! Opposing opinions are high! You’re in a crucial moment. The only thing the enemy has against you is your relationship with God.
You may be having a conversation with yourself saying, “If God truly loves me, why does he allow these things to happen?”
Like Daniel, when the stakes are high, take a step back. Be still. Be calm. Continue to pray.
Your relationship is not with the chaos but with God. Allow God to reveal himself in the midst of the lion’s den that you’re now experiencing.
Remember, Daniel prayed three times a day asking God for help.
Remember, Daniel trusted in God.
Sometimes God will allow things to happen in your life to show you that He is in the midst of your troubles. You must continue to trust during the process.
Even King Darius, the one who issued the decree to stop people from praying to any god except to himself, knew Daniel as a man of God. Daniel disobeyed the decree not to pray to any god but King Darius, so he was thrown in the den of lions for praying to his God.
Here’s what King Darius said about Daniel prior to throwing him in the lion’s den. He said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
The next morning the king went near the den to see if Daniel was still alive. He called out to Daniel saying, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?
Daniel response was, “May the king live forever! 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, Your Majesty (Daniel 6:21-22).”
As a result, of Daniel’s faithfulness to God, the king issued a decree to all the nations that in every part of his kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
King Darius wrote to all the nations declaring,
For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.
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.
Cool Points from Daniel’s Experience
Pray continually. Don’t wait to pray when an emergency comes. Build up prayers before God before chaos happens so that you can be still, calm, and pray continuously during difficult situations.
Continue to trust God.
Make sure you are innocent in the sight of God. Repent of your sins and live your best life every day according to God’s way.
God will send his angel to protect in times of trouble.
As you are obedient to God, he will cause you to prosper all the days of your life.
God will rescue you and save you from the den of lions.
God will use signs and wonders to demonstrate to unbelievers and cause sinners to repent.
LET'S HUMBLY PRAY
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are the living God that endures forever. You show signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. I’m surrounded by your presence even in the den of lions.
Thank you for reminding me of your greatness and your faithfulness.
I put my trust in you God to move by your Holy Spirit in my situation.
I ask you to lock the jaw bones of the lions so that they will not hurt me. Rescue me and save me from my enemies so they may know that you are the living God that endures forever, in the name of Jesus, amen.
~inspiring hope and seasoning faith, Dr. Regina M. Daigre
Devotional Reading: Daniel Chapter 6