Daily Devotional

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

read: Daniel 6

Daniel continued to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had previously done.     Daniel 6:10

It has been said in jest that the lions could not eat Daniel because he was too big a meal for them. Daniel was too big—too full of God’s Spirit—for the lions to consume him. We may not fully understand the how and why of the Daniel story, but we do know that the lions stayed away, and that Daniel was full of the Spirit of God. Daniel prayed three times a day. Daniel fasted. Daniel did not get caught up in the idolatry of his culture. Daniel is a larger than life character in the Bible, and the size and scope of his memory is directly related to his uncompromising faithfulness. The truth is, when we are full of God’s Spirit and God’s presence, nothing can devour us because we are already fully consumed with God.

How many times a day do you pray?

Lord, my faith is emaciated, if I am to be completely honest. I have not gotten my fill of you . . . in fact, more often than not, I skip meals entirely. As a result I am consumed by every passing worry, anxiety, and stress. Call me back to your table where I may feast on your presence. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.