Serving Jesus on His Terms, Part 3of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 6:10 , “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.

Serving the Lord on His terms (According to Daniel 6)

And then there is the famous story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Here is what the Scriptures tell us what led Daniel to a lion’s den. “3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Danielunless it has something to do with the law of his God.” Daniel’s enemies began to plot against him, manipulating the king to sign a decree stating “that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions”. This jealous plot was not unlike the effort against Daniel’s 3 friends in 3:8. However Daniel was past 80 years of age at this time, yet he was still on his knees thanking God and asking for His guidance and help. A servant of Jesus seeks the Lord, communes with Him, learns from Him, and obeys Him. How can one do the will of the Lord, without seeking Him? Daniel would not allow the death sentence (being thrown in a lion’s den) deter his prayer life. Daniel 6:10 reads, “Now when Danielknew 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. Notice the following:

First, he knew the writing was signed, showing he was unashamed (Rom 1:16, and steadfast (1 Cor. 15:58). Second, he opened the windows, he was bold and humble as he cried out to the Lord (2 Chron. 2:14). Thirdly, he kneelt three times a day, he was persistent in his prayer life (Luke 18), he gave thanks among the heathen (Psalm 18:49) knowing the consequence could surly be death by a lion’s den. Fourthly, he prayed and gave thanks before his God as he did AFORETIME (this was a regular practice for Daniel). Do any of these characteristics describe you? I’m sure if you are living in a free nation, and your life is not on the line (not having the fear of receiving the death sentence as the persecuted church around the world faces). If death is not a deterrent from you having a prayer life then what is your reason for staying away from the prayer closet? Is it sleep, friendships, work, household responsibilities, laziness, etc…? Now ask yourself, does even one of these compare to facing death? Do you serve Jesus on your terms or his, by examining your prayer life? Are you consistent in prayer, are you bold in your witness, do you thank the Lord? When Daniel was placed into the lion’s den, the unbelieving king , “…arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel… “Daniel, servant of the living God,has your God,whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Daniel was known by the ungodly for being a servant of God. Is this your testimony among the unsaved? How do you know one way or the other?

Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Phil

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