Daniel Dust – “He Knelt Down as Usual…”
My heart’s greatest cry (and yours I’m sure) is to make a difference in my sphere of influence…to live a life of significance…to be remembered.
Daniel 6:10 (NLT) 10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
In Daniel’s sphere of influence, his piers became jealous because he was about to be promoted. Knowing he was a man of prayer, they talked King Darius into signing a law against praying to anyone “divine or human” other than the King himself. If he prayed, Daniel would face being thrown into the lions’ den and ripped to shreds. And yet…the Bible says:
Daniel “knelt down as usual”. This wasn’t something he tried out of desperation in the face of new threats. He had obviously been developing his relationship with God all along. He had been faithful to consistent prayer and was living out an attitude of thankfulness. When crisis hit, “He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”
Reading this short passage, I was convicted that there are days (which sometimes become pockets of days) when my prayers are not so regular…or so thankful. What if Daniel hadn’t been developing his faith in God through his consistent prayer life? What if he hadn’t been seeing answers to his prayers all along the way and developing a thankful heart?
I am fairly certain the story would have been very different. In fact, he no doubt wouldn’t have been in danger of the lion’s den. He may not have been in line for a promotion above his coworkers.
We certainly wouldn’t be talking about him today because he wouldn’t have had a passionate, powerful, purposeful relationship with God. We wouldn’t even know who he is.
In the grand scheme of history, Daniel would simply be unremarkable dust… Daniel Dust.
May our lives be like Daniel’s. May we choose to develop the discipline of prayer, kneeling down “as usual”…always praying with thanksgiving.
May you and I live prayerful, passionate lives. May we not become unremarkable Daniel dust!
Together we can pray, “Oh God, let my life be remembered as remarkable because of my relationship with you!”