Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, 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 (NKJV)

The law of king Darius was signed that no man could petition, pray or even thank anyone else; and if they did so would be thrown into the “lions den” to be killed and devoured by hungry lions.

Daniel’s action was one of faith; a diligent act which he had done for many years and many days; and the law of the king was not going to keep him from due diligence in prayer and thanksgiving.

Far too many times many professing to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are not diligent in prayer or thanksgiving, but if told they cannot pray – in school, home, public park or public location – will stand in an act of defiance against the law.

What are Christians to do in similar circumstances?  Keep on being faithful in what you have done.  Keep on believing God, trusting God; keep on praying if that is you “custom”; and  if it becomes against the law be faithful to the LORD, be not deterred, but expect consequences;  God will deliver, but maybe not like Daniel’s deliverance.

Through the cross of Jesus we have been delivered from sin, death, hell and the grave by His burial, and bodily resurrection we will live eternally.  Believe Him.

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