When he heard about the decree, Daniel knew he had been trapped. So rather than walk away from his faith or his Lord, he did the only wise thing…He hit his knees before God. The same knees he hit when praying about his diet, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, his friends at the furnace and the King when he was cursed by God. Daniel had no other place to go. So for thirty days, three times daily—Daniel was praying for God to help him. It was that very prayer, that his enemies would use to trap him. Still, Daniel would never back away from the God that blessed him.
In our lives, we are pressed daily to choose whether or not to serve God. Our very Government that was formed to protect our religious freedom, is now working to eradicate any mention of the God of our forefathers. As time continues, we will be placed in a position where we too will have to choose to walk away from God—or be persecuted. Like Daniel, we have to run to God; not back away from the very God that has saved us. There may be a price—but, God will walk through it with us and provide what we need to face whatever man may bring.
Daniel knew what was ahead—But, he chose to follow God no matter what.
God Bless You
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.