I am not a morning person. Like not even a little. And while I was once a runner, I’ve fallen out of that habit and now am trying very hard to get back into it. So I set my alarm for a little earlier this morning and put out my running clothes, fully intent on running on the treadmill before getting the kids up and ready to school. But then I couldn’t find my shoes. And when I went downstairs, the fire was out. So by the time I was about to get on the machine, twenty minutes had passed. I calculated out the time left and decided I could make it work, I’d just take a quick break half-way through and wake up the girls then jump back on the treadmill. Except when I went to pull down the track of the torture device, water dripped on my shoulder. From the light fixture. In the ceiling. Downstairs. Fortunately the hubs hadn’t left for work yet and we frantically tried to find the leak. Turns out the cold water line of the kitchen faucet had disconnected itself and water had been spraying for quite some time. So I called the plumber….again. He was just here yesterday for a leak in the bathroom, also dripping off the downstairs ceiling. My husband commented, as he kneeled on the kitchen floor, “Well, God promised he’d never flood the earth again. But he didn’t say anything about our house.”
Two calls to the plumber in less than 24 hours, right after the Christmas holiday, with both mortgages due this week (because the one house will not sell) is feeling like a lion on my bank account. It’s easy in times like this to feel overwhelmed. Like the world is pushing against you and no matter what you do, you keep slipping behind and there are lions prowling at your door. I can’t imagine how Daniel felt-with actual lions waiting for him, and not because he’d done something wrong, but because he had been faithful and obedient to God.
We’re on day 5 of the #31DaysofPrayer challenge and today the reading took us to Daniel 6: 1-28. There’s a ton of stuff that happens in these verses-but the underlying theme is that Daniel was consistent and faithful to God. Even though he liked the king. Even though his simple and obedient act of prayer would mean a one course meal at the lion’s den. When Daniel’s enemies plotted against him, he stood firm. When they came for him with murder on their minds, he was calm and at peace. And when they threw him to the lions, and angel shut their mouths and he was safe. God found him blameless in his practice and blameless in his politics and set him free. Talk about a prayer warrior. Daniel had a direct line to the Man upstairs, and it paid off.
Now I’m not saying that a consistent prayer life will save you from physical death, but it will save you from spiritual death. It puts things in perspective and makes those figurative lions at our door not quite so scary. Today I’ll pay the plumber, again, but I have food in my fridge to feed my children. My other house may never sell, and I’ll have double mortgages until I die, but I have a home to live in. The ceiling can be fixed. The budget can be tightened. The lions will always prowl, but God can shut them down. And the more faithful I am in my prayers and relationship with Him, the less frightening they look. I read once that the enemy strikes when you’re doing something right. He doesn’t want to see you succeed in shaking up the spiritual world. Can you imagine how ticked he was when the king found Daniel alive and made his new decree? If things are tough now, ask yourself if you’re doing something right to shake up this world. If so-keep on keeping on, friend. If God is on your side, the lions have no teeth.
Join me in this prayer today?
Father God, thank you for your enduring faithfulness. Thank you for seeing me in my struggles and walking beside me. I pray that as I face my lions today, you are there with me and shut their mouths. Give me strength and courage to face my trials, and the peace to walk through them with you. Thank you for your grace.
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