Google+ 11/21/13 We Must Give Thaks to God and Pray, Even When the Lion's Den Awaits!

Daniel 6:7-12

 

"We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—

That the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced.

Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you,

Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions.

And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed,

An official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.”

So King Darius signed the law.

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.

Then the officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying and asking for God’s help.

So they went straight to the king and reminded him about his law.

“Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—

Except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions?”

“Yes,” the king replied, “that decision stands;

It is an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.”

 

In part four of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Thanks Forever!" we learn from Daniel that we must give God thanks even when it could hurt us.  Most of us know the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den.  What we often forget, or simply have never heard, is why Daniel was in there in the first place.  All of the officials of King Darius's court were extremely threatened by Daniel.  After all, he had broken all the conventional "molds" of people that had his status and position.  Remember that it was Daniel who refused the king's meat, but turned out to be the strongest, smartest, and bravest counsel to King Darius.  Then there was "Daniel's God" that he constantly kept calling on for help.  In everything that Daniel did, he gave God the honor and the glory.  Our Scripture today is a routine day in the life of Daniel.  He formally prayed to God three times a day.  We could all learn from Daniel in this area.  Many of us don't even make time to pray once a day.  Without our personal dialog with God, we will drift away from His presence.  All the officials of King Darius's court set out to deceive the king and accomplished their task.  They wanted this "no prayer but to the king" law passed so they had a reason to arrest Daniel.  The king falls for their deception and signed the law.  Notice that as soon as the law is signed, they all go to Daniel's house, knowing he prays three times a day.  Sure enough, they catch him in the act of thanking and praising God through prayer.  This prayer to God, and not the king, is now "illegal" and they remind the king of the law he has signed.  The king has no choice but to enforce the law and eventually orders Daniel to be sealed in the Lion's Den.  In this case, we all know the rest of the story!  Daniel and God win!!!  What the king does next is a devotion for another day.  Today, we need to learn that prayer and thanksgiving must always be given to God, regardless of the circumstances.  Always remember, "We Must Give Thanks to God and Pray, Even When The Lion's Den Awaits!"