Daniel (remember- the guy in the lion’s den?) He knew how to really listen to God throughout the day. Daniel 6:10 says: “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”
Three times a day, Daniel paused to pray and give thanks to God. He was focused on God and listening; that’s what a Bible devotion is designed to help us do. They’re short, concise and don’t take long to read, but they give us a thought that will carry us through the day with our focus on God.
Now, in Daniel 9:2: “During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, was studying the writings of the prophets. I learned from the word of the LORD, as recorded by Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.”
What was he doing? Studying the writings of the prophets? That would be the Bible, right? Yes, Daniel also did some serious Bible study. We can’t just live on snacks all the time. We need to take time to sit down and enjoy a full meal too.
God was able to do amazing things in the life of Daniel. Much of it was because Daniel was willing to seek God’s face and take time to listen to His will. Daniel kept his focus on the eternal.
Father, please help me to be like Daniel and seek your face daily. Help me to learn to hear your voice even above the “noise” of the busyness of life and see what’s really important. Thank you that You walk with me each and every day and have rescued me from the lion’s den.
Read one of Daniel’s prayers – Daniel 9:3-19
By the way, did you realize you just read a Bible devotion? It didn’t take but a minute – but I hope the idea sticks with you all day.