When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went to his house. Now his upper room had open windows that faced Jerusalem. Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times that day,
just like he always did.
Daniel proved that he was a wise and trusted advisor to the King Darius. The King put Daniel in charge of other officials. As you might guess, these other persons became very jealous of Daniel. Today’s episode tells of the powerful protection of Daniel by God.
What got Daniel into trouble was the awful decree that the King was the only one that could be prayed to! Daniel refused to do this. He used to pray three times a day to his one, true God. To remind him of this sacred connection to God, he would turn and face Jerusalem.
Here’s an idea. Go into your room and spend some minutes praying as you face the direction where your church is located. In your mind, make a connection by an imaginary straight line that joins you and the church. This can help to bring the feelings of worship that you hopefully have from your church, right into your heart at this very moment.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Window toward Jerusalem v. 10
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…