10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Daniel here is faced with a challenging situation, though it wasn’t the first time. When you study the book of Daniel you see he was challenged many times. Though every time he was victorious. In this verse we see the power behind that victory. We see in the first sentence that Daniel knew of the decree that made it illegal for him to pray to the God of Heaven. This was not something that caught him unaware. But it says he prayed to God anyway, 3 times a day. The real power is seen in that last word of the verse. It is not a word we use today, but to put it simply it says he did what he had always done. Daniel had a personal connection with God and he kept if fresh, 3 times a day he took time to meet with Him.
What a lesson for us. So often we are really devoted to God when a trial comes upon us. But when things smooth out, we are not as earnest in our relationship with Him. But for Daniel, he didn’t have to worry when trials came against him, he knew his Redeemer and was secure in his relationship with Him.He just needed to continue what he had always done. His faithfulness and connection to God allowed him to be a powerful witness to multiple world rulers and laid the ground work for the children of Israel to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple.
How is your connection with God? Is it consistent, or does it ebb and flow with the circumstances of life? Is God calling you to recommit your life to Him and take your relationship to a new more personal level? Take some time to ask Him today.