When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in the upper room opened toward Jerusalem and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10 HCSB
As a family we have always placed an importance on prayer. Prior to each meal we give thanks to the Lord for the food and His many blessings. When our children were younger we would have bedtime prayers. Any time there is a specific need, there are prayers lifted up for that situation or person.
Prayer is a simple conversation with God. Prayer is emphasized in both the Old and New Testament. Frequently there are references to people speaking to God, calling on Him, and crying out to Him in a crisis. Jesus gave His followers instructions on how to pray and He Himself went to God the Father in prayer.
Daniel realized that praying for guidance and direction from God was essential to success and that it was important to continue to pray even if it meant he would be thrown into the lion’s den. He could have tried to hide his prayer time but instead he opened the windows and openly prayed to God.
Challenge: Spend time in prayer each day seeking God’s guidance in your life. Present your requests to the Lord, knowing that He is in control of everything. Pray for God’s will to always be done even when you don’t understand. Don’t be ashamed to pray. Offer to bless the food when you are out with with work associates having lunch.