Public acts of disobedience
How would you ban prayer?
The government has made a new law – prayer is now illegal – those caught praying will pay for it with their life.
What do you do?
a. Oblige. Prayer is tiring, best to do what the law says, after all God placed the government over me.
b. Hide. Prayer is important, but so is my life. I will carry on praying, but do it secretly, in my head, at night, with the lights off.
c. Publicly disobey. Carry on praying. Unashamedly. In public. In defiance of the law. Prayer is more important than my life.
Seriously, what would you do?
When Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he prayed, just as he had done before.
What a man! The prospect of being ripped apart by lions didn’t deter this old man from talking with his God, the true King. While holding the highest position of authority below the king, this man couldn’t do his work without a regular habit of prayer.
Though his colleagues would plot to have him killed, rather than hide for his life, Daniel committed a public act of disobedience. Nothing is more important than prayer.
Or to put it another way, God is more important than anything or anyone else.
Do you believe that? Does what God thinks matter most – so that you consult him first? Is what God does your top priority – so you ask him to act first?
Is life worth living if we can’t live it without our God the King? Without talking to him, praising him, thanking him, pleading with him – daily?
Can you prove it?