“Now 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 got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
Daniel is an incredible example of steadfastness and faithfulness to God. It didn’t matter if his faith in God was being mocked, applauded or outright challenged, he served God faithfully and unashamedly through it all. He wasn’t out to make a statement, but by honoring God above all consistently throughout his life, his character caught the attention of many people. Some despised him for it and others honored and respected him for it. Either way, it didn’t seem to make a difference to Daniel - he was living for the approval of One.
Father, help me to cultivate a faithful and steadfast spirit like Daniel had - not afraid or ashamed to live boldly for you in the midst of many who do not. May my character be formed in Your likeness because I consistently turn to You and spend time with You every day. May Your approval be the one I seek before anyone else.