Daniel, God’s prophet, was a man of prayer and fasting!
In Daniel’s day, much like today, people wanted political power. Daniel, although captive in a foreign land, found favor with the King and powerful men became very jealous.
Because King Darius made him head administrator over the other administrators in his kingdom, Daniel was targeted and a trap was laid to destroy him. A law was written for the sole purpose of trapping Daniel with the intention to end his life. But Daniel was known as a man of God and a man of prayer, so we are told…
“Thus the administrators and satraps sought a charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no charge or corruption, because he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. Finally these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel, unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God.” Daniel 6:4-5 BSB
So they made a plan and a trap was set. With their position they were able to make a decree and without King Darius understanding why they were doing this, it went out that anyone who prayed to God, rather than to King Darius would be thrown into a den of lions. Daniel didn’t even have to labor over his decision. He prayed to YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as he had always done and he went to his window to pray as before. God delivered him from the mouth of the lions and King Darius was actually pleased as he recognized Daniel’s talent and the King realized God’s power.
Later, as Daniel was reading the book of the prophet Jeremiah he became burdened for Jerusalem and he prayed a prayer that resulted in Daniel being given visions that have blessed millions and that gives us insight into God’s plan for the end times. Daniel words are recorded.
“And I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed…
“O, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of loving devotion to those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have acted wickedly and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commandments and ordinances. We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, leaders, and fathers, and to all the people of the land. To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel near and far, in all the countries to which You have driven us because of our unfaithfulness to You. O Lord, we are covered with shame—our kings, our leaders, and our fathers—because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, even though we have rebelled against Him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God to walk in His laws, which He set before us through His servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You. You have carried out the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us a great disaster. For under all of heaven, nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our iniquities and giving attention to Your truth. Therefore the Lord has kept the calamity in store and brought it upon us. For the Lord our God is righteous in all He does; yet we have not obeyed His voice. Now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and who made for Yourself a name renowned to this day, we have sinned; we have acted wickedly. O Lord, in keeping with all Your righteous acts, I pray that Your anger and wrath may turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all around us. So now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. For Your sake, O Lord, cause Your face to shine upon Your desolate sanctuary. Incline Your ear, O my God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your name. For we are not presenting our petitions before You because of our righteous acts, but because of Your great compassion. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your name.””
Daniel 9:4-19 BSB
After Daniel’s devout prayer God allowed Daniel to prophesy of the Seventy Weeks, to visions by the Tigris, and to prophecy of the end times.
Today, do we dare to be a Daniel?
SEE – PRAYING AS DAVID PRAYED