Daniel: Prayer Warrior
ďNow 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.Ē1
The prophet Daniel holds the title of being Godís Humble Servant, but also the title of Mighty Prayer Warrior. Daniel, along with other Jewish young men, had been exiled to Babylon to serve in the court of the pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar. During this time, Daniel was faced with many difficult situations in which he had to choose between the Godly ways he had been taught and Babylonís pagan ways in order to please the king. In each circumstance, Daniel remained faithful to God and covered himself in prayer.
At a young age, Daniel had learned the value of prayer and communion with his Heavenly Father, and this carried him through the darkest times of his life. What made Daniel a great prayer warrior, was that he acknowledged that God was Omnipotent (all-powerful). Daniel went to the Lord with some pretty big prayer requests, never doubting Godís power. When the king needed an interpretation to a dream, Daniel trusted God for the answer. Later, under a new king, Danielís prayer time was sabotaged by some envious officials who didnít like Danielís friendship with the king. These men tricked the king into signing a decree that stated that only the king could be worshipped, and knowingly, used Danielís prayer time to bring him down. The consequence was a trip to the lionís den! (Daniel 6) There, Daniel once again lifted his voice to the Omnipotent Creator, and God, in all His power, sent His angel to close the mouths of the lions, allowing them to be in peace with Daniel. He knew that no matter how bleak his future looked, he could rely on the fact that Godís plan for him was perfect.
Daniel was a mighty prayer warrior because he was bold when praying to God. He fasted, or sacrificed, worldly things in order to seek Godís presence. Daniel interceded for his people, asking God to forgive them of their sins. (Daniel 9) Oh, to be able to pray like Daniel! God answered Daniel in a real and mighty way, and He can do the same for you! A prayer warrior prays consistently in hope, knowing that, with GOD, all things are possible. (Mat. 19:26)
Dear God, how I desire to come boldly before your throne and pray as Daniel did! Thank you for making a way, through Jesus, to come to you with our needs and fears, but more importantly to praise and glorify your Holy name. You are great, all-powerful; and you are loving and merciful. You alone are worthy of our praise. In Jesusí name, Amen.
Daniel 6:10 (NKJV).
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