For devotions this morning let's look at Daniel 6; the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. I remember this story from the earliest days of my youth, but I don’t remember why it happened.
Daniel had distinguished himself above others even though he was a slave. He was a man of honesty, integrity and wisdom. And because some leaders were jealous of him, they worked hard to set him up. They had convinced the King that no one should bow and pray to anyone but the King, knowing that Daniel prayed to God three times a day.
But, Daniel continued to pray because he was a man of purpose.
Purpose is so important to Daniel and it’s a great reminder for all of us. Many of us struggle with finding our purpose. We can flow through life aimlessly, simply drifting wherever the current takes us. But Daniel purposed himself to live for something greater. He resolved to follow God.
Daniel was a man of prayer; he knew he couldn’t do it by himself. He knew he wasn’t strong enough, so he called on God often. He prayed when he needed help, he prayed when things were good. The Bible says he saw it as a spiritual discipline to pray three times a day (which is what he got in trouble for).
The result of Daniel's purpose and prayer was a man of prominence. God set him in high positions and Daniel didn’t worry about himself. He had the solid foundation of his purpose with God and he was not shaken when circumstances threatened his faith.
May we all resolve to follow Daniel’s example of living on the solid foundation of Christ, so when circumstances threaten to toss us about like waves in the ocean, we are firm in our faith. Renew your purpose to live a life that is pleasing to God.
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