Daniel Fast Day 35
Reading: Daniel 6:1-18
“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.” (v 10 nlt)
A new king and a new empire. Daniel was appointed to a very senior position, looking out for the king’s interests and managing other senior officers. Daniel’s success and power provoked jealousy among the officers reporting to Daniel. They looked for a way to take him down. But his character and leadership were impeccable.
Daniel was too successful, too good. Except for one thing: Daniel was an expat, and his faith and religious practice were different from the people around him in Babylon. His enemies crafted a law sure to get Daniel in trouble. For 30 days people were required to pray only to the king.
Daniel seemed barely to notice. He continued praying three times a day toward Jerusalem, with his windows wide open.
We rarely face a test so dramatic, with the choices as clear-cut as this. But every day we make choices that can take us closer to God, or push us farther way. We can deepen our life of prayer and devotion, or we can allow our hearts to be distracted by good but lesser concerns.
God, I want to be completely loyal to you. I want to allow no distraction to interrupt or corrupt my prayer, my worship.
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold and precious silver
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold, pure gold
Refiner’s fire, my heart’s one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will (Brian Doerksen)
© 2014 Nate Showalter