“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
Daniel was a man of Purpose.
Regardless of the consequences, he refused to compromise what the Lord had told him to do. How many people have a heart like Daniel today? May we be willing to obey the Lord’s commands in spite of pressure of the world around us to go against them. Perhaps the Lord has been working in your heart about something He has in mind for you. What will you purpose in your heart to do for the Lord?
“Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.”
Daniel pointed people to God, for he knew that only He could help them.
Many people today point to themselves rather to the God they say they serve. In Matthew 6, we read that they have their reward only here on earth, but those who do not seek to glory in themselves have a reward in Heaven. Imagine the rewards in Heaven that awaited Daniel because he purposed to serve the Lord. Where will you choose to receive your reward?
“Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.”
Daniel was a man of Prayer.
He faithfully prayed unto the Lord, his God. He confessed. He exalted the Name of the Lord. He was persistent in his prayers, and the Lord blessed him. He prayed because he knew he had a purpose to be fulfilled...to glorify and honor the Lord.
Will you be a person of purpose today?
We cannot fulfill our purpose for the Lord without prayerfully seeking Him.
What are you purposefully praying about?
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