Last week I talked about how kneeling in prayer shows respect and reverence towards God. Today I wanted to talk about a Biblical example. You are likely familiar with the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. Daniel was living in Babylon where a law was passed stating that everyone had to pray to the king. Anyone who prayed to someone else would be thrown into the lions’ den.
It says in Daniel 6:10, “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.”
Although there was a new law stating that everyone had to pray to the king, Daniel still prayed to the one and only God. Well, the king’s men saw Daniel do this and reported him. However, the king liked Daniel, so it upset him very much. The king didn’t want to throw Daniel in the lions’ den, but now he had no choice. You likely know how the story goes. When the king went to the lions’ den the next morning, he found that Daniel had survived, against all odds.
Daniel told the king in verse 22, “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
I love this story because it shows how deeply Daniel honored the Lord. He had such reverence for Him that he kneeled in prayer. And not only that, he continued to kneel in prayer, even after a law forbid it. Daniel did not fear the king or his men. Daniel feared God and only God. As a result, Daniel was faithful to God, no matter what.
As I mentioned last week, if you are unable to physically kneel, then don’t try it. The key to reverence is in our hearts. And when we learn the art of reverence, I believe our hearts will also cling to God in the same way. No matter what we face in life, we will still hold tightly to God and honor Him. We will know deep in our hearts how faithful and trustworthy our God is. And nothing can keep us from putting Him first in our lives.
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas