I was looking at what the number 30 means and it means: dedication to a particular task or calling. My dad says that in 30 days something can come to life or something can die. This is so true. When someone stops praying reading the Bible, coming to church for 30 days they could die (Spiritually speaking) I found this quote: “If you only pray when you’re in trouble, you’re in trouble.” (Anonymous) This is true for so many Christians. They are not disciplined with their prayer lives. Do you only seek God when you’re in trouble? Now I want us to look at some characteristics that took Daniel to be bold in his prayer.
1. DANIEL HAD AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT
“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” (Daniel 6:3 NIV)
He was a man of God
He was a great administrator
He was an example in everything he did
He was a good servant to the king
He was one of the three governors under the king, but he was better than the other two.
The other governors and important political figures saw the favor and the excellence Daniel had and they were very jealous of him. Imagine this he had been in office for over 50 years and they couldn’t find anything against him. So they had to make something up
“At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” (Daniel 6:4 NIV)
What do people say about you?
It’s not about coming to church, or being in church for a long time, it’s about having these principles that sets us apart. Are you trustworthy? Do you have a good testimony with other people?
2. THERE WAS A DEATH DECREE
“The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.” (Daniel 6:7 NIV)
These are very shrewd people. This is how the enemy is. The Bible says: “ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV) Imagine these evil people knew that it would only take 30 days to take someone’s life. Is there a death decree over your life? Is there a death decree over someone’s life? Then you better stand firm so you can obtain life.
3. COMMITTED TO PRAY
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10 NIV)
If you think about it, it was only 30 days that he had to not pray. If you pray for the remainder of this month you are going to be thrown into the Den of Lions What would you have done? Maybe you say: “I’ll pray with my eyes opened, in secret, nobody has to know” He decided to pray 3 times a day
What a commitment! He simply continued as he had been doing before. I was looking at one of the definitions of the word church and I loved this one.
Church: a group of people willing to give their lives for Jesus
Are you part of that church? Are you willing to give whatever it takes to spread the gospel?
4. 30 DAYS FOR LIFE
God spoke to me that in order for us to see a new move of his Spirit. We had to commit to pray for 30 days. As a church we’re going to be inspired in what Daniel did. We’re going to be determined to start working on our prayer habit.
- Start a daily prayer discipline (30 days)
- Choose 3 people who don’t know Christ
- Pray 3 times a day for those 3 people
We do this every time we get our meals
When you pray for other people God blesses your life as well. My prayer for you is for you to start seeing God’s supernatural power during the next 30 days.