Do you have a busy schedule? Are you facing a challenging situation or unfavourable circumstances? Do you desire to excel in the things you’re doing? If your response is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, God wants to speak to you today!
Daniel 6:3 (NKJV)
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
Daniel was a prophet and a citizen of Judah who was captured by the Babylonians to serve the king to fulfil the king’s purposes. In Daniel 6:1-2, we learn that Daniel was one of the three governors who oversaw a hundred and twenty satraps. A satrap is also known as the commissioner or senior officer of a province. Although Daniel started as a governor, he outshone the rest and was due for a promotion. The king wanted to promote him to be above all the other two governors to oversee the whole empire. As Daniel 6:3 states, it was “because an excellent spirit was in him”. This excellent spirit is also known as intelligence, trustworthiness, good ability and attitude.
As I study this scripture passage about Daniel, I am very impressed by him and I want to know how he manages so many things and yet continues to be excellent. God brings a word to my mind – Lifestyle. In the following Bible verse, we have a glimpse of Daniel’s lifestyle.
Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel had a lifestyle of prayer and thanksgiving. Despite his role or stature or even the circumstances, he continued to pray and give thanks. Daniel 6:4-9 narrates the evil plan that his colleagues plotted against him. They tricked the king into writing a law which forbade the people to pray to God or to anyone except the king. Regardless of what people and the worldly law said, Daniel continued with his lifestyle of prayer and thanksgiving. Breaking the law that was issued by the king would warrant a death penalty. But Daniel wasn’t wavered by it. He stood firm and remained faithful to God.
One thing that God placed in my heart for each one of us is that we ought to have a lifestyle like Daniel. When we get more and more busy with work, pray and give thanks. When we are faced with a challenging and difficult situation, pray and give thanks. When the world or people seek to lure us away from God, pray and give thanks.
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
It is very easy to fall into the trap of trying to resolve our problem or situation on our own. And then when we meet the dead end, we come to God in prayer. But that isn’t the right sequence. Instead, we ought to FIRST go to Him in prayer and thanksgiving, before moving forward. This is one truth and the lifestyle that I am now practising and I encourage you to join me to do likewise!
Let us now pray and give thanks to God!
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word. I thank You that You are the God who hears and knows my every cry and request even before I speak. Lord, I pray that in all things I will always remember to pray and give thanks for all that You have done for me. When I become forgetful, I pray for Your help to nudge me in my spirit to come before You to pray and give thanks. When things or situations get tough, I will not seek to resolve them with my own resources. Instead, it shall be my lifestyle that I will always do the FIRST and IMPORTANT things first, that is to pray and give thanks. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!”