Daniel 6: 3-10
3 Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. 4 Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. 5 So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.” 6 So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, “Long live King Darius! 7 We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions. 8 And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.” 9 So King Darius signed the law. 10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
Here is a man who would not give up his time alone with God, even when it was not politically correct and disobeying the king’s command meant death. He would not give up his time alone with God even if it meant time alone with the lions. There were those who were jealous of Daniel so they began searching for some fault but he was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy so in order to find fault with him they looked to his relationship with His God. What an incredible point of examination, would we be found so guilty?
Daniel had three choices when it came to time Alone with God and each came with a price tag.
Cease his time alone in prayer – cost him fellowship with His God.
Close the window and hide his relationship with God – cost him the ability to influence those around him.
Continue to pray – cost him his life!
Most of us want a comfortable life but in the face of adversity character is either forged or foiled, adversity is good for us. For Daniel time alone with God was more important that life because time alone with God is life. Daniel had a special place and time when he got alone with God and prayed, his upper room, where is your upper room of prayer, do you frequent this room? What happens in our private life becomes evident in our public life, Daniel prayed with an open heart and open windows and people saw. Daniel teaches us many things through his prayer life in his time alone with God but I want to focus on four.
1. The Position of Prayer – Humility “knelt down” he humbled himself before God.
2. The Practice of Prayer – Persistency “three times a day”
3. The Pattern of Prayer – Established “just as he had always done” Daniel was accustomed to praying about everything Daniel developed a consistent prayer life
4. The Posture of Prayer – Thankfulness “gave thanks” Daniel praised God in the midst of it all.
Have you thanked God for your circumstances, or do you just complain about them? Are you seeking God in your circumstances or just a solution?
Is it time to get alone with God? Don’t Compromise Your Time Alone With God, Daniel would rather spend a night with the lions than miss a day in prayer!