“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom…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.”
Daniel 6:3, 10, NIV
My favorite all-time superhero is Popeye. That is right, the spinach champion, Olive Oyl lovin’, Bluto thumpin’ sailor man. Now, at first glance, the scrawny sailor looks anything but heroic. Superman is super-muscular and the Incredible Hulk looks like he would test positive for steroids. In fact, if you merely judge on appearances, Popeye does not belong on a list of superheroes anymore than Olive Oyl would on a list of supermodels. Popeye’s amazing powers are not due to his physique, they are due to his diet. He is strong to the finish because he eats his spinach. He knows the secret – to stay strong, you must stay fed.
Daniel understands the same principle. He is rather heroic in his own right. Verse three describes not just his job content:encoded as Prime Minister of Babylon, but also describes his “exceptional qualities.” The King James Version translates the same characteristics as “excellent in spirit.” Do not detach the content:encoded of his ability from the discipline of his devotional life. It was his habitual practice to spend three times a day with God in prayer. With the regularity that most of us feed our bodies, he fed his spirit. He knew to stay spiritually strong you must stay spiritually fed. Even the Bible uses the metaphor of food, describing itself as “meat” and “milk” to nourish hungry believers. So keep doing what you are doing right now. Develop that heroic discipline of a regular devotional life; for if you do, you will be strong to the finish.
QUESTION: What hinders your habit of a regular, daily time with God? Daniel had set times and a set place for time with God. Where and when is the best time for you to meet with your Heavenly Father?