PrayerBro. David Chancellor
3/6/2011 12:00 AM
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
Daniel did go into the lions’ den. Daniel was very much a man of prayer. The reason they asked for the decree was because they were jealous of Daniel and didn’t want him over them. They didn’t want to have to answer to him. Everyone had to answer to Daniel, except the king. Daniel walked with God and lived a life of prayer.
Prayer should be a big part of our walk with God. These made the decree because they knew it was the only way to trap Daniel. The decree was going to make the king a busy man for 30 days. Every request would come to him.
If people were trying to do this to us, would they look to our prayer-life? Thirty days would be a long time with no help. Daniel kept doing what he had always done.
Our prayer life should always continue. Things will come to try to interrupt it. We need God’s help continually. Don’t let life get so busy that you leave off prayer. Be someone who prays. Be thankful to God for what he has provided for you. Daniel was willing to go to a lion’s den to be able to pray. The decree didn’t change Daniel’s walk with God one bit.
Prayer helped Daniel do his duties. The king benefited from Daniel’s prayers. He lived a life of prayer and walked with God.
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon: He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
This is one of the first records of how Daniel’s prayer worked. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and couldn’t remember it and wanted the wise men to tell him. Daniel and his friends didn’t think killing all the wise men was the solution. Daniel talked to the king and asked for time. He counted on God to answer him. Daniel’s life was on the line.
Daniel walked with God and when he had a question he went to God about it. God had a purpose in this dream. He was giving a prophecy of what would come between then and when Jesus came. Daniel gave credit to God.
The book of Daniel shows what it is like to live for God in a place that isn’t oriented to living for God. Prayer was important.
But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
This talks about the relationship we can have with God today. Because of this we should be a people of prayer.
Daniel 9:1-4a, 20-23
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession…
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Prophecy said a day would come when they would return. Daniel made it a matter of prayer.
While Daniel prayed, Gabriel came. The answer came while he prayed. (Isaiah 65:24). Gabriel came to give Daniel an explanation. When Daniel started praying Gabriel was sent.
When the centurion came to Jesus for his servant, he said, “Just speak the word.” God spoke the word to his servant Gabriel to go and answer.
Daniel’s prayer was, “God, help me understand.” He wanted to see answers and have things worked out. God has the answer. This is an example of Isaiah 65:24.
Daniel 10:1-5, 9-14
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
He fasted and prayed for 3 weeks about something that concerned him. The man he saw in a vision is similar to Jesus in Revelation chapter 1.
Daniel was looking for an answer. He prayed for three weeks and got no answer. Three days later, this man appeared to him. The answer was on the way from day one. God heard him at the beginning. There was something that kept it from happening for three weeks. Sometimes God has situations to change before he can give the answer.
Sometimes we have to wait on the answer. God has to work on some things. Don’t give up on prayer. God is still listening and still cares. We may not know what needs to change or how to change it. It isn’t because God doesn’t hear or answer. Keep praying. Be a praying people. Spend time with God. Prayer is a needful part of our lives.
Because Daniel was faithful, God blessed him. (For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. - 1 Peter 3:12) Humble yourself in prayer before God. God is faithful. Prayer isn’t about ritual. It is about relationship with God. God gives us the help we need for every day. Believe that prayer is vital. Make time for prayer each day.