“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.”
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.
Having knowledge of Darius’ decree, Daniel did not hesitate to worship his God. He followed his customary practice from the beginning of his walk with God – “as was his custom since early days.” This event did not perturb him. He was sedate and stately, a man of quiet assurance. He did not enter into a state of anxiety and apprehension.
Daniel had a habit and a place of prayer. He allowed nothing to interfere with this practice. He was a man who utterly depended on God for his needs. Guidance and thanksgiving were part of his prayer life.
Daniel did not leave his window open out of a sense of phony religious pride nor because of a need for air conditioning!
God gives the stability of the soul in crisis.
Like Daniel, we need to commit every crisis to God’s sovereignty. Under God’s economy, we present our problems to Him in prayer. This gives a stability of soul that no psychological mechanism can provide.
Ps 55:22, “Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Php 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Like Daniel, we should give thanks for everything. We put everything in God’s hands.
1 Sa 3:18, “Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, ‘It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.’”