Ray Pritchard pastored in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Married to Marlene for 38 years, he enjoys being a husband, a father and a grandfather, riding his bike, and playing with Dudley and Gary, beloved basset hounds.
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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. (NLT)
Daniel “knelt down as usual” and prayed three times a day “just as he had always done.” Talk about being cool under pressure.
For many years he had prayed three times a day, with his window open toward Jerusalem, and he didn’t change anything. That point is the key to everything else. We tend to think that the lion’s den is the real point of Daniel 6, but it isn’t. The real point is Daniel’s godly predictability. He purposed in his heart to do right, and when the challenge came, he didn’t change anything he was doing.
It’s a good thing to get your convictions settled so that you don’t constantly have to decide what you are going to do. Daniel made up his mind much earlier so when the time came, he was perfectly consistent. People who live from moment to moment always have to decide, “What will I do next?” Having godly routines of life can help you greatly when the pressure is on. If you have to constantly decide, “What will I do?” you’ll probably end up compromising your convictions.
Daniel 6:18 says that the king in his palace couldn’t sleep that night. Daniel came through the lion’s den without a scratch. Take a lesson from an ancient prophet who passed a tough test without breaking a sweat. Make up your mind now so you won’t have to make up your mind later.
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