We can learn the theology of prayer by Daniel’s example. Even though there was a ban on prayer to the one true living God, Daniel does what he has always done – PRAY.
1. PRIORITY of prayer
First things first! Daniel lived his life on priorities. Prayer was supreme in his list of priorities. Is prayer a priority to you?
2. Practise of prayer (“just as he had done before”)
Prayer was a holy habit for Daniel. It came very naturally to him. He didn’t need any encouragement to pray.
3. Place of prayer (“upstairs room”)
Daniel had a fixed place for prayer. It was a place where he would not be disturbed by people or noise. In the quietness of his room he prayed to his God. We too must have a suitable place to pray – free of all distractions.
4. Promise of prayer (“facing Jerusalem,” 1 Kings 8:46 to 51)
Daniel had studied well the prayer of King Solomon as he dedicated the Temple he had built for God. They were in captivity in Babylon. But if Daniel prayed in repentance for his people, facing Jerusalem, then the Lord will forgive their sin and bring them back into their land again.
Daniel prays claiming the promise of God.
5. Posture of prayer (“he knelt”)
Here is Daniel as an older man praying on his knees. What a mark of humility.
Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60; 9:40; 20:36; 21:5
“Kneeling is a begging posture and we must all come to God as beggars.”
6. Plan of prayer (“Three times a day”) Psalm 55:17
Remember that Daniel was one of three administrators over an empire – yet still had time to pray. “That does not tell you how often he prayed, but how often he was in the posture of prayer. Doubtless he prayed 300 times a day if necessary-his heart was always having commerce with the skies; but thrice a day he prayed formally.” (Spurgeon)
We must have fixed times of prayer.
7. Program of prayer (“Thanks to God; asking God for help”)
In spite of being in captivity Daniel was profoundly thankful to God.
He asked God to help him in his day to day responsibilities.
Prayer and praise should always go up to heaven arm in arm, like twin angels walking up Jacob’s ladder, or like kindred aspirations soaring up to the Most High.” (Spurgeon)
“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work and prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” (Samuel Chadwick)
8. PRICE of prayer
Daniel did not toe the line by not praying for 30 days, nor did he play it safe by closing his doors and windows and drawing the shades. He openly acknowledged his faith in God and the more people that knew, the better. The history of the church is full of such examples of men and women who have refused to compromise or conceal their faith, even under the threat of torture or death. We honor them as martyrs of the faith.
Daniel ended up in the lion’s den because he dared to pray to his God.
What price am I willing to pay for prayer?
“Lord, teach us to pray”
PASTOR BENJAMIN DEVADASON