If you’re ever about to be tossed into a fiery furnace, think of the book of Daniel and the example of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.
If it’s a lion’s den, think of the book of Daniel also, and this time the example of Daniel himself.
Hopefully we’ll never face such a threat.
But we do pray—hopefully regularly
and there are two verses in the book of Daniel, again involving Daniel himself, that should really inspire us!
When Daniel was praying in Daniel chapter 9, God sent his top announcing angel, Gabriel, to him. When?
“The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God” (Dan. 9:23 New Living Translation).
God sent Gabriel “the moment” Daniel began praying!
A fluke? In an example two years later, when Daniel was again praying, an angel—probably Gabriel but the Bible doesn’t say—said: “”Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, you request has been heard in heaven. I have come to answer your prayer” (Dan. 10:12 NLT).
God answers our prayers. God loves us. We are very precious to Him.
For full disclosure, in both examples Daniel was not only praying but fasting (9:3, 10:2-3). Some things do require prayer and fasting (Matt. 17:21).
But to live as humans, we can’t be fasting all the time. Most long-time Christians find that about once a month seems to be a good guideline.
But the Bible gives the guideline of striving to pray three times a day. David said that but also, wouldn’t you almost expect it, Daniel! [in Dan. 6:10]. That’s what got Daniel thrown into the lion’s den. God took care of keeping the lions fasting! Even the king loved Daniel so much that he was fasting for him to be saved from his own misguided decree that he couldn’t reverse.
Here’s God’s claim-it promise anytime we are praying: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Yes, if we ask that God’s will be done and not ours, John says we know that God hears us and that we have the petitions we have asked of Him. Yes, we can absolutely count on God to do His will! May we be in perfect sync with it!
So let’s not wait till we’re tossed into a fiery furnace or a lion’s den to take advantage of God’s encouragement in the book of Daniel.
Let’s pray and start the moment
that God will respond to! He’d love to because we are very precious to Him!