Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Habits And Lions' Dens

Focus verses: Daniel 6:16-23

Most people are familiar with the story of Daniel in the lions' den. But the version we learned as children left out one particular. King Darius prayed for Daniel. "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you." It wasn't a formal prayer, but what I call a "shotgun" prayer. It was a simple request directed toward God.

The other key phrase in this passage is "whom you serve continually." Daniel was in the habit of serving God. He prayed three time a day - every day - for his entire adult life. He prayed whether it was politically correct to do so or not. In fact, it was his habit of praying that led him into the lions' den.

The children of God will face lions' dens today. The enemy, the accuser, will see to that. He only attacks the children of God. It is they who can do his plans the most damage. The people who are not worshiping God faithfully escape the enemy's notice. They are no threat to him.

But the faithful children of God have no need to fear Satan. Jesus has given them power to defeat the enemy. So that when they are thrown into the lions' dens, the mouths of the lions will be sealed, just as they were for Daniel.

If you are facing a lions' den today, you can rejoice. It is an opportunity for you to be faithful to God in public witness. If you are not, get prepared. There will be a lions' den shortly. Hold fast to your confidence in the Lord.

Father, God,

Grant us the wisdom and grace to receive Your words and Your power as Your children. Help us be ever faithful to You, both in private and in public. Give us the confidence to face the lions.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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