“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 6:10.
Daniel was a very busy man. He was Grand Vizier of the Babylonian empire and had many very important duties to perform. Jealous men were watching to detect the slightest mistake in his administration. But three times every day he found time for prayer and thanksgiving. Daniel was a most efficient official. His enemies were unable to charge him with any error or fault. Praying men obtain wisdom and power from on high that helps make them efficient. Busy men in responsible positions cannot afford to neglect prayer. Persecution did not cause Daniel to abandon his prayer habit. Even though praying brought him the death sentence of death he prayed and gave thanks as usual. Shame on us that we too often allow trivial matters to keep us from prayer.
- Charles A. Cook