Let’s Not Neglect Prayer
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (Daniel 6:10 NIV)
Daniel was a very busy man. He was Grand Vizier of the Babylonian empire and had many and very important duties to perform. Jealous men were watching to detect the slightest mistake in his administration. But he found time to go aside three times every day for prayer and thanksgiving. Daniel was a most efficient official. His enemies were unable to charge him with any error or fault. Prayer through which men obtain wisdom and power from on high helps make men efficient. Busy men in responsible positions cannot afford to neglect prayer. Persecution did not turn Daniel aside from his prayer habit. Though it exposed him to the sentence of death he prayed and gave thanks as usual. Shame on us that we too often allow trifles to keep us from prayer.
-Charles A. Cook (excerpted from the devotional book, When You Call upon the Lord, edited and compiled by Charles A. Cook)
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people came to examine the life of every Christian as was done with Daniel, and they found no corruption, no tricks, no lying, no IRS scamming going on; if each Christian were found always to be diligent rather than derelict in his or her duties? What an advertisement for Christ that would be! May the Holy Spirit help us to live holy lives to the glory of God!
Read Daniel 6:1-13.