When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously (Dan. 6:10).
The “document” was a death sentence for anyone praying to anyone other than Daniel’s pagan King. It’s signing was the bottom falling out of Daniel’s life.
What do you do when the bottom falls out? Well, if it’s a sack of groceries, the remedy is simple enough: you clean up the mess. But what happens when the bottom falls out of your life — your marriage, your finances, or your health? What do you do when you can’t clean up the mess?
Believers are not insulated from life’s crises, and the bottom can fall out for us, too. Like everyone else, we can face crippling disappointments and disasters. We aren’t in heaven, yet.
Daniel wasn’t in heaven, yet, either. So, when the bottom fell out of his life, he fell to his knees in prayer. Daniel offered prayer and thanksgiving to God, seeking him for needed help.
Perhaps, that sounds too simple but, during crises, it can be easy to forget God. Don’t forget. Before you send the text, write the email, or formulate the plans of your wisdom, pray to God for his. Depend on him and he will delight to answer as he knows is best.
Father, I know that life in a fallen world is full of disappointments and disasters. But in difficult times, help me to remember you and to follow Daniel’s example, coming to you in devoted and dependent prayer.