Prayer as a Priority (22)


~ Prayer Text today is Daniel 6 ~

Do you ever get weary of praying? It’s not hard to understand. Our requests in prayer can remain on our lists for years … decades. The praises we can create with our limited vocabulary can become repetitive. Busyness shoves into our lives leaving us with the idea that we have no time to pray. The truth is we take prayer for granted and often have no feelings about going for long periods of time without intentional and dedicated time in the prayer closet.

But what if a new law was passed making prayer illegal? Are you, like many, accustomed to praying over your meal at a restaurant? What if that became a matter of legal concern? How would you approach that situation? If you decide not to pray there … what about anywhere that you could be seen?

Daniel was an amazing young man in Scripture. He had all of the exceptional qualities that set him apart as a man of integrity and spirituality. Look what some of his enemies said about him:

“We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” ~ Daniel 6:5

I’m already humbled in Daniel’s presence. The only way to trip him up is to try to get between him and God. That sets the bar high, doesn’t it? These are not just kind words. The day that Daniel learned it was illegal to pray he had to consider his daily habits of prayer. As a man of integrity and strength, he did not allow the law to dictate his practice.

…he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. ~Daniel 6:10

His enemies set a trap for a godly man and they succeeded in catching him with his prayer life in tact.  Although the King was his friend, he was caught on the horns of a dilemma and to live by his own law he had to cast Daniel into the den of hungry lions. He worried all night. Early in the morning he went to the lion’s den to find that Daniel’s God had rescued him from the lions. The King praised God and Daniel was exalted.

I wonder how many of us would rationalize that since it was against the law to pray, we would pray only in secret?

I’m thankful that it is not illegal to pray. That does, however, raise the question of why prayer is absent when it should be abundant? Given the freedom, information and inspiration to pray, we are truly blessed. But are we truly prayerful?

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ~ Corrie ten Boom

Pray and ask God to help you make prayer a priority. It seems odd to talk to God about our prayers I guess. I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “If you don’t feel like praying talk to God about it.” I get that.

Whether it’s illegal, inconvenient, illogical, intimidating, or intrusive … make prayer a priority. It prepares us for the time when God may need to rescue us from a different lion.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8

Prayerfully, JD