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.
Many people are familiar with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, having heard the story from the time they were a child in Sunday school. This is the lead up to the lion’s den and the cause for Daniel’s trouble.
Because some bad men were jealous of Daniel, they sought to get him into trouble by tricking the king into issuing a decree that people could only pray to him. This did not frighten or deter Daniel from praying to God however and he continued to do so just as before, knowing the consequences of his actions.
There are many places in the world that even if it is not illegal to be a Christian, it is dangerous. Christians face threats from other religions and many have been beaten and even killed. Odds are good if you are reading this that you don’t face similar danger however.
We must never take our faith or our ability to pray for granted. Lord willing, we will never face a time when it is illegal or dangerous to pray to God. If the time does come, hopefully we will stand firm like Daniel and continue to remain strong in our faith. While we pray that this freedom will never be taken from us, we should remember the many Christians who pray in fear that someone will arrest them or do something even worse.