There was this den. It was possibly a cave or there is also the chance it was a man-made structure. Either way, it is referred to as a den. Within this den, there are also these lions.
It’s a den of lions.
At the age of 80, a man named Daniel is thrown into this den if lions.
Now, the story goes that after being in this den of lions overnight, he was found the next morning to be not only alive but without a single scratch. When asked about it, Daniel explained that God has sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions. It was a miracle.
What an amazing moment. What an amazing God.
But this event begs an obvious question: “Why was an 80-year-old man thrown into a den of lions?”
Well, you see, there was this king who reigned over Babylon beginning in 620 BC. His name was Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar had plans to place Daniel over the entire empire. God had given Daniel great favor as well as great ability. The king loved Daniel very much and trusted him. But that was not the feeling of everyone in whom King Nebuchadnezzar employed.
Jealousy overtook 2 men who talked the king into forcing all people, for 30 days, to pray to and worship only the king himself. That appealed to the king and it became a decree for all to obey.
Well, Daniel did not obey.
Daniel loved God. He trusted God. He prayed only to God and he worship only God. He loved the king and respected the king and honored this king. But this, worship and pray to the king, he would not do. So, when this decree was established, Daniel immediately went home to pray to his God.
The following is recorded in the book of Daniel chapter 6: “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.”
“As he had always done.”
These phrases stick out among all the phrases in all of the 12 chapters of Daniel.
Daniel had spent a lifetime praying…talking to God. He had always done it and that was NOT going to change because of some egotistically established law. Prayer was vital for Daniel. It was part of who he was more than just something he did.
Lions? Dens? Laws?
These did nothing to sway Daniel away from his God.
How vital prayer to you? What place does it hold in your life?
There is so much to read in the book of Daniel and so many lessons by which to live. But what Daniel lived by was a deep commitment to prayer.
Make prayer an “as usual” in your life.
Let it start to be something we have “always done.”