Hope in God

Daily reading: Daniel 6:6-27
Monday November 28, 2016

Focus passage: “When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went to his house.  Now his upper room had open windows that faced Jerusalem.  Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times that day, just like he always did.” Daniel 6:10

King Darius has appointed 120 chief administrators throughout the kingdom to assist him in ruling his empire.  Daniel is one of the appointed administrators and is very successful in what he is able to do and accomplish. So successful in fact that Darius is planning to put him the top position over the kingdom.  
The other administrators look for something to pin on Daniel and when they are unable to find any fault in him, they decide to devise a plan to set Daniel up to fail.  Since Daniel faithfully prays to God three times a day, they propose that throughout the kingdom for the next 30 days, it is illegal to pray to anyone or any god other than King Darius.  For 30 days King Darius is to be put before and above anyone.
Daniel is faced with a dilemma and has at least three ways to respond to the new law.   He could obey the law and not pray to God for 30 days.  He could continue to pray to God but do so behind closed doors.  Or he could continue to pray by an open window that faced Jerusalem three times a day.
Daniel hoped in God.  No law will keep him from daily connecting with God and orienting his life toward his God.  In verse 10 we read, “when Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went to his house.  Now his upper room had open windows that faced Jerusalem.  Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times that day, just like he always did.”


Prayer: Holy God, help me throughout my day to put you first.  May my words, thoughts and actions honor you.  May your abundant hope fill my day and lead me into tomorrow.  Amen.

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