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.
People who were jealous of Daniel set a trap and got the king to issue a decree that no one could pray except to him. Daniel had a choice to make; he could follow the law, or he could continue to pray to God and give Him thanks.
Daniel chose to continue to honor God and publicly prayed to Him just as he had before despite the risk. Daniel was arrested and thrown into the lion’s den according to the law but God continued to keep Daniel safe.
Daniel’s boldness in thanksgiving ended up being a testimony to his faith in God as the king acknowledged Daniel’s God and knew that Daniel served a mighty God who was capable of rescuing him from the lion’s den.
When we are bold in our giving of thanks, it isn’t just a testament to what kind of Christians we are. It is a testimony to the kind of God we serve. We love and thank a God who suffered more ridicule and persecution than we ever will. Jesus endured all of this for us. We should be bold enough to thank Him and risk any possible persecution and ridicule for doing so.