Today, we’re going to consider Daniel’s in defiance of Darius’ decree.
Dan 6:9-13 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. (10) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (11) Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. (12) Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. (13) Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Daniel was a powerful man in Babylon and he had enemies. Those men, who were jealous of his position, couldn’t find any skeletons in his closet – nothing to hold against him. So they flattered the king and convinced him to write a decree prohibiting any of his citizens from praying to any god but him.
Daniel had a decision to make. Would he keep on praying, or stop because of the new law? Daniel kept on doing what he had been doing all along: he prayed 3 times a day.
Many believes would get outraged if the government outlawed prayer. We’d probably organize a pray in on the capitol steps. The point here, though, is that Daniel didn’t have to change his behavior to protest the law. His prayer wasn’t a protest, but a continuation of his way of life. Frankly, the government doesn’t need to outlaw prayer. Most Christians don’t pray consistently like Daniel did anyway.
What About You?
If the government outlawed prayer, would you have to start praying regularly to protest, or would you just keep doing what you had been doing?