MORE THAN A DUTY

A man named Daniel wrote of his life and the life of his friends around 167BC and 164 BC.  The book of Daniel contains within it 2 very popular events that have been told in Sunday Schools and Churches and homes ever since.  It is a great book and I highly recommend reading all 12 chapters.

There are so many things to write about from within this book but there seems to be one resounding theme: Daniel was a man of prayer.

When Daniel and his friend’s lives were in danger, Daniel prayed and God gave him a message that pleased the king.

When the was passed that no one should pray or worship to the God of their own choosing, Daniel was caught praying 3 times a day to His God, the creator of the universe.

And time and time again throughout the life and Daniel we catch him praying.

Praying for his friends, his people for the king and for himself.

Prayer was no habit for Daniel.

Prayer was not an obligation for Daniel.

Prayer was not a religious duty for Daniel.

Prayer was a way of life for Daniel.

“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.”

Daniel‬ 6:10‬‬‬‬

“As he had always done…”

Prayer was a way of life for Daniel.

There is a tendency for us to, sometimes, elevate certain people in the Bible as if they are special in comparison to ourselves.  But each and every time we find out that they are each normal people just like you and me but they are connected to an extraordinary God.  For Daniel the secret to his connection was his life of prayer.

Today, let’s learn from Daniel.

Let’s make prayer MORE than a duty.

Let’s make prayer a way of life.