by Pastor Ken
Then Daniel said to the king, O king, live forever. My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.
Put yourself into Daniel’s situation. If you knew praying would result in your being lion chow, what would you do? Would you still pray…unashamedly and without hiding?
In Daniel’s heart and mind, God was far more important than anything—even living. Daniel never lost sight of the fact that God had been faithful and ever-present in his life—especially since being taken into captivity by the Babylonians. God had even gone so far as to bless Daniel with the unique ability to interpret dreams and speak with bold, yet humble confidence to his captors regarding his love for the one true God.
So when Daniel, who was an older man by the time his ‘lion adventure’ took place, could not imagine showing any disloyalty to God. If God chose to save Daniel this time, great! But if He chose not to, Daniel was equally okay with that because he knew God always knows and does what is best for us.
Our goal should be to have this Daniel-like loyalty to God. Do you? If not, you only have to ask God and He will give it to you.
Pray: God, I appreciate the gifts of salvation, protection, happiness, and eternal life You offer to all who accept Jesus as Savior. I ask now for a heart and mind that is as loyal as Daniel was, so that I will never be tempted to deny You in any way. I pray for the courage to be loyal even unto death, if that is what You ask me to do. In the name of Jesus who died for me, I pray, Amen.