March 31 – Devotion

Date: March 31

Scripture: Daniel 6

“I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,
for he is the living God,enduring forever;his kingdom shall never be destroyed,and his dominion shall be to the end.He delivers and rescues;he works signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth,
he who has saved Danielfrom the power of the lions.”Daniel 6:26-27, ESV

Daniel’s faith in God was beyond comprehension for the 120 satraps (governors) of the kingdom. These men did not know the power of God, and their jealous plotting influenced King Darius to issue an ordinance that no one could petition any god or man other than the king for 30 days. So what did Daniel do when he learned of this ordinance? He kneeled down three times a day to pray to God. Strong in faith, he got on his knees.

Daniel’s faith remained strong during this time of uncertainty, when most would have turned the other way or just waited until the 30 days were over. “If you faint in the day of adversity,/your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10). When difficult times arrive, God is there and ready to light our path. We often attempt to conquer the difficulties of life with our own plan of attack, without seeking God’s will.

The setup schemed by the satraps worked as they had planned, as Daniel was unwilling to follow the ordinance. He was turned over to King Darius, who reluctantly followed his own irrevocable law and had Daniel thrown into the lions’ den. However, when the king returned in the morning, he found Daniel untouched. God had sealed the mouths of the ferocious animals to save his faithful follower.

Interestingly, our other reading for the day fits in theme with our Daniel passage. Psalms 83 reveals a prayer to God to overcome and conquer the enemy. In his own time and situation, Daniel chose to pray to God to help him overcome the threat of the enemy.

In today’s time, we face a world that often does not put God first. When your beliefs are challenged, do you stand firm in your faith, or do you stay quiet and stand clear of the enemy? Through faithful following of God, we can be examples of God’s love and show that his plan will rise above all others.

The power of prayer is underestimated in our world today. As followers of Christ, we should pray constantly in all situations to incorporate God in our daily actions and decisions. We should pray for God’s will to be carried out and seek his response. God’s response to our prayers will come in different forms and on his own time. We must continue to earnestly seek his direction for our lives.

Think about past situations that you chose to not involve God. How did those situations work out? Look for opportunities today to pray for God’s guidance. Don’t let the fear of the world keep you from acting in difficult times. Grow your relationship with God through prayer and reading his word. Are there any lions in your den? Be encouraged by this faith story today.

Prayer for the Journey: Lord, I pray for your leadership and direction in the decisions I make. I want your direction in my daily life in all situations.

Prepared by: Devin Cooper

3 Responses to “March 31 – Devotion”

  1. Christine Morrow says:

    Thank you Devin, I enjoyed this!

  2. Bob Mohr says:

    Super reminder Devin. Thank you.

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Very encouraging devotion, Devin! Thank you!

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