Read Daniel 6:12-28, Daniel 3:68-74, Luke 21:20-28)

“So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of hurt was found upon him, because he had trusted in his God. And the king commanded, and those men who had accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions -- they, their children, and their wives; and before they reached the bottom of the den the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.” (Daniel 6:23-24)

Daniel correctly interpreted the handwriting on the wall. Everything took place as he said. The kingdom was divided between the Medes and Persians. A new King arose, Darius who sought friendship with Daniel. Now there arose some “enemies of progress” who envied Daniel. They hatched out a plan to destroy him knowing Daniel does not joke with his prayer life. They made Darius issue a decree preventing anyone from prayer.

When Jesus Christ spoke of the events of the end time, he said: “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity… men fainting with fear and with foreboding…. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:25-28). In another passage, Jesus said: “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:33).

Daniel had so much confidence in the power of God that he went as far as opening his windows so that all the people would see clearly that he didn’t stop praying. Daniel did not seek to preserve his life. He landed in the lions’ den for praying but God raised him to life again by shutting the mouths of the lions.

No matter what you are going through right now, do not worry! Just remain steadfast, don’t give up on God, don’t stop doing what is right. 

No matter what you are made to suffer, don’t worry, just keep your hands cleans and never stop praying. God sees you and He fights for you. The fate of Daniel’s conspirators is very similar to that of Haman who had prepared gallows to hang Mordecai not knowing he would be the one to die on it. (Esther 6&7). The evil that men do live with them. 

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, I place my trust in you. I resolve to deepen my prayer life and let not anything stop me from observing all my daily prayers. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Thursday of week 34 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Daniel 6:12-28, Daniel 3:68-74, Luke 21:20-28).