Day 12

Prayer in the Face of Lions

from the Daniel reading plan


Daniel 6:1-28, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Timothy 3:12-15, Philippians 4:6-7

BY She Reads Truth

Long before he was ever thrown into the lions’ den, Daniel’s enemies had been on the prowl, circling him (1 Peter 5:8). The local leaders and high officials, whom the king had given Daniel authority over, were thirsty for his blood. These “devouring lions” were evil men who sought to destroy Daniel and the growing success he’d found, though they could find no fault in his character or person (Daniel 6:4-5).

But Daniel’s faith was steadfast and reflected the character of his God, so much so, the evil men believed it to be a snare. Dizzy with jealousy and afraid of losing power, they plotted to bring him down because of his dedication to the Lord.

Sometimes our faithfulness brings us promotion in the world, just as Daniel found increasing favor with the king (Daniel 6:3). Other times, our faithfulness makes us public enemy number one. As Paul notes in his first letter to Timothy, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (1 Timothy 3:12).

But God does not abandon us in our battles. He invites us into prayer. Prayer intersects our humanity with His holiness; it’s where we ask courageously, wait patiently, and surrender faithfully to the roar of God’s goodness. So it was with Daniel. He remained faithful to God in prayer even as the king signed an ordinance condemning those who would petition (pray) to any other “god” but himself for 30 days.

Thirty days—not forever, but long enough for Daniel’s enemies to hang him by a spiritual loophole. But Daniel’s faith, the very faith they were hoping would bring about his demise, had been strengthened through years of a daily rhythm of prayer and thanksgiving. So when the king’s edict went out, Daniel was utterly unrattled.

When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in its upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
(Daniel 6:10)

For Daniel, it was business as usual. He knew his God was greater than any earthly king and, ultimately, victorious in every situation. So, turning his face toward home, he did what he’d always done: Daniel got down on his knees to pray and thank the Lord.

As for those actual lions in the pit with Daniel, they were turned into lambs—gentle, tamed, and silenced in the presence of God’s power and protection. Daniel’s God had delivered His faithful servant and made His glory known to an unbelieving nation. But make no mistake: it was God’s power that prevailed, His power closed their mouths.

The God who rescued Daniel is the same God who rescues us. Scripture tells us that Jesus is the Lion of Judah who becomes the Lamb of God (Revelation 5:5-6). He took our pain and suffering upon Himself, “was pierced for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:4-5). And then He arose from the pit victorious!

Friends, when we suffer in the name of Jesus, we do not suffer alone. Jesus assures us this world will bring trouble, but He comes to bring us peace (John 16:33). We will never face a lion’s den without the Lion of Judah by our side.

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  1. shamekamichelle says:

    Our Women's Ministry's theme surrounded being strong, courageous, and prayer. I'm learning the true benefits of prayer and I'm eager to pray daily. My desire to pray has grown to more than once a day. I see God working in my life and changing me. He is giving me joy and assisting me in unloading my baggage to be a better person for my children. I understand what a person means when they say they fall in love with Jesus over and over again. I cannot help but to be drawn to God the more I study His word.

  2. Hillary says:

    I love this, and how true; "We will never face a lion’s den without the Lion of Judah by our side."

  3. Loida says:

    Who wrote this one? I can’t see the name under the title…

  4. Mdol says:

    Thanks for a great post SRT. I just finished reading Corrie Ten Boom's story called the "Hiding Place". It is a story about a woman, Corrie, who survives some of the worst concentration camps during the Nazi reign. I am not one to pick up a book like this but God basically put it in my lap, so I devoured it. It is AMAZING, their is a reason 6 million readers have read it. Corrie, her sister and her father display the most phenomenal faith. Her sister is beaten by a gaurd but tells her sister 'no hate and to pray for that guard". If you need help understanding why sometimes bad things are permitted to happen in this world, read this book! It has helped me with so many doubts and completely solidified by faith in Christ. He is always in control, he is always by our side, and we are meant to live not by bread alone but by every word of God. Much love

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