Daniel, Just As He Had Done Before
Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before (Daniel 6:10b NIV).
Cultivating the habit of prayer is very important. Many people do not understand its importance until very late in life. The reasons for this are many. So many think that prayer is asking God for their needs. Others think that prayer is some kind of emergency number. But most people forget that prayer is an expression of a relationship with God. In simple words, when two people love each other, they try to spend time together and talk with each other. And they enjoy each other’s company.
People do not make prayer a habit because nobody tells them that prayer is like two lovers talking. And lovers do not talk the same way everyday. In fact as years pass by even the moments of silence are filled with loving communication. The more the heart is filled with love for each other, the less words they speak. During those times, just being in each other’s loving presence is more than enough. But it takes years of intimacy to reach such a stage.
The most important thing to remember is that such relationships and such intense levels of intimacy are achieved through putting an effort to make relationships work. Both partners took time to be with each other, talk with each other, and listen to each other. And in a relationship with God, it is prayer that makes this possible. And intimacy comes through learning to pray. The relationship grows one day at a time. Learn to spend time with God. Do not wait for a crisis to come to call upon God. Instead, spend some time everyday thanking God for His love for you. Make prayer a habit.