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Nobody wants to break the law. Oh, ok, I take that back. There are many people who are quite willing to break the law. But I’m sure the listeners of this podcast are law abiding folks. So why am I talking about breaking the law? Because the Old Testament prophet Daniel was a law breaker. Did you know that? Oh, he didn’t break every law, just one. His political enemies hoodwinked the king into passing a law forbidding prayer for 30 days, except to the king. Those who broke the law, would be executed.
Daniel 6:10 tells what Daniel did, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (NIV)
Daniel broke the law against prayer. The king threw him into the lion’s den as the law demanded. But God’s angel saved Daniel. Then the king executed those who had tricked him into passing the law. And he issued a decree to honor God.
Daniel is an example of faith and commitment. Do we live our faith openly? If following Jesus were illegal, would we continue to follow him? Would people catch us breaking any laws against faith in Christ? We must follow what God says is right. We must dare to be faithful and committed, just like Daniel.
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