A closer walk with God

…he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Daniel 6:10

The windows were opened and you could see Daniel praying as he always did. He prayed three times a day without fail, just as David had mentioned in his Psalms. Problem was praying to God was illegal in Babylon. Daniel wasn’t concerned. The punishment for praying to God was you would become cat food, in particular cuisine for hungry lions. Well they had to get fed somehow.

Daniel had been captured by the Babylonians and had been forced to serve the King. (Daniel 1:1-7) He had proven himself to be wiser than all of the King’s servants and was even in line for a major promotion before the illegal prayer incident. (Daniel 6:3) His secret was a close relationship with God. Prayer was vital to this relationship and nothing would stop him from his private personal time with God. It was God who had blessed Daniel with incredible success, wisdom and protection in this foreign land. God spoke with Daniel and watched over him. He provided him with guidance, peace and comfort, so necessary under his circumstances.

A close walk with God is essential in these times as well. Economic challenges, war and threats of war, dwindling natural resources, decline in educational success , a rise in crime, unemployment especially among young college graduates, drug abuse, threats to family unity and prosperity, decaying faith across society and countless other challenges necessitates a genuine relationship with God, a relationship that begins and is sustained with prayer.

Jesus challenged his disciples to pray at least an hour (Matthew 26:40-41), and Paul encouraged us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This does not mean we spend our entire lives on our knees or with our eyes closed. No need to walk into walls. It means that we communicate with God throughout the entire day, asking for guidance, strength, peace and offering our gratitude and praise. David mentioned praying morning, noon and evening. (Psalm 55:17) Daniel was known to pray three times a day as well. (Daniel 6:10)

Daniel was arrested and thrown into the Lion’s Den. However wherever Daniel was, there was God. That’s what happens when you have a close relationship with God. Daniel was not harmed and was released the next day. (Daniel 6:21)

We all want God to work just as miraculously in our lives. But we cannot ignore the relationship Daniel had with God. We can all have a closer walk with God. Like any relationship it starts with regular and sincere communication. We only need to speak to Him and He will hear us where we are. He is anxious for us to reap the eternal blessings that come from truly knowing Him.


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