Prayer in the Face of a Crisis
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its window opened toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10
When given the Book of Daniel, most likely the episode with the Lion’s Den (Chapter Six), or Daniel’s three friend’s deliverance from the fiery furnace (Chapter Three), will surface as a point of conversation. In either case you have: (1) a certain crisis at hand, (2) a defining moment in which a decision must be made, and (3) a call to pray!
Historically, Darius the Mede had been tricked by a group of administrators who were jealous of Daniel’s rise to power in the king’s court, into signing a law condemning anyone who prayed to any god or any person other than Darius to the lion’s den! But notice what Daniel did. He didn’t panic although I’m sure he was frightened by in the face of impending danger. He did what he had been doing the many, many years ago when he had first been exiled to Babylon (now controlled by the Medes) under King Nebuchadnezzar, He turned his face toward Jerusalem, and He prayed.
And you know the rest of the story! He was delivered from the mouths of the lions (who by the way weren’t old and wearing dentures, but real and ravenous), by the hand of the Lord!
Are you standing before a lion’s den? Will you complain, compromise, or will you trust God all the way?