Daniel’s uncompromising faithfulness to God sparkled. He
was a light to the world, which Jesus desires of all
believers. When Daniel learned of the decree, he did what was
his long established practice. He went home to his upstairs
room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a
day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his
God, just as he had done before.
The practice of prayer develops perfection! Prayer is
the secret of Daniel’s boldness, courage, wisdom, and
elevation in two empires. God rewards the thankful and
dependent heart. Before his conversion, Nebuchadnezzar had
praised himself for success but Daniel always thanked
Yahweh for his success. Unfortunately, Darius was duped
into having the prayers of the people offered to him.
Praying towards Jerusalem was the custom among the
Israelites when away from the Holy City (1 Kings 8:44-51;
2 Chronicles 6:34; Psalm 5:7; 28:2; 138:2; Jonah 2:4). The
faithful prayed privately at three intervals during the
day, possibly on their knees (Psalm 55:17; 95:6). The
morning and evening prayers correspond with the times of
the morning and evening sacrifices; the halfway prayer was
the one at noon.
Tests, trials, and temptations continued to come to
this aged saint. Daniel was either absent or not required
to bow before the golden image erected on the plain of
Dura. Ironically, everyone now was standing and Daniel was
bowing in prayer before his God. Yahweh now gave Daniel
the test that he had missed fifty years earlier.
One almost can hear the Devil whispering to the
prophet: “Daniel, do not be foolish! God understands; He
knows your heart. Close the windows and enter into your
closet—and pray in secret!” It would have been easy to
close the windows and draw the curtains but not for one
dares to be a Daniel; he lets God’s light shine
Daniel is a man of courage. He prays and thanks God in
the open. Do you give thanks to God for your food in
restaurants or before unsaved family? Dare to be a Daniel!