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How did Daniel pray?

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Announcements Forums God – January 6th, 2019 How did Daniel pray?

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    As a follow-up to our wonderful Bible Study this morning on Daniel in the Lion’s Den, I found this excerpt from BibleOdyssey.org interesting, which gives some historical context:

    “In Greek religion, praying individuals stood with hands outstretched, palms facing upward. Prayers were recited aloud in public accompanied by a sacrifice. In contrast, Daniel prays in isolation in an upper room, kneeling down in “service.” Daniel’s prayer signals his resistance to empire and his radically alternative allegiance. Rather than offer honor and praise to King Darius in a public space, he seeks mercy by confessing sin, praying, and praising his own God.” …

    “Daniel’s kneeling posture before windows opened toward Jerusalem should be understood in relation to a prayer offered by King Solomon at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Solomon’s prayer, also offered while kneeling (1Kgs 8:54), emphasizes the importance of Jerusalem as a central fulcrum by which prayers might reach God in heaven. It suggests that prayers offered by those in exile and directed toward Jerusalem will be effective. (1Kgs 8:46-48). Moreover, by praying three times a day, Daniel synchronized his body with the divinely ordained times of temple sacrifice.”

    I love how Daniel’s spiritual sense was so strong that he confidently took a radical stance and did what he knew in his heart was right. What beautiful faith, that served as a tremendous example to Darius and people throughout the ages!

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