“… 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” (Daniel 6:10).
Many people face defeat in their prayer life owing to unset goals. When we begin to pray, we should fix the duration of prayer tentatively. Daniel resolved to pray three times a day. In that prayer, he confirmed that he will kneel and not only pray but also praise God.
See! I believe that he should have acted according to his resolution for a long time because you can notice that it has been written as ‘as was his custom’ (Daniel 6:10). Accordingly, he went to his upper room and prayed with the windows open towards Jerusalem.
What was the reason for him to open the window towards Jerusalem which was located more than four hundred miles away? One day, when Solomon dedicated that church, God promised that even if the people are taken to faraway places under captivity, if they turn to the direction in which the church had been located, His eyes will be open and His ears attentive to the prayers made.
What is the reason for the defeats to happen in one’s prayer life? They do not have definite plans. They do not take things seriously and so when the problems arrive they ignore the prayer time. A school student who has no passion or real intention to score good marks would pursue his studies only as a duty bound act. He will be scoring low marks and at times may even fail in the examinations.
Daniel who was taken in captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon was called as ‘Prayer Warrior’. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank” (Daniel 1:8).
He not only decided not to get defiled with the delicacies but also resolved to pray thrice a day. Prayer is a spiritual lesson. Never allow defeat to creep into it. Be strong in your decision to pray.
How did the servants of God and the saints do big things for God? If you analyse their lives, it can be found that decisive, resolute and clear prayer find a place in them. Since they gave prime importance to prayer than all other practices of the life, they were able to hear the divine voice; became strong in their faith.
To meditate: “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16).