Increase in Spiritual Hunger

Day 1 January 2nd 2019

Psalm 51:10-12:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me

from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of my salvation and grant me a

willing spirit, to sustain me.


Daniel 6:10:

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



It was Daniel’s practice, three times a day, to go to

an upstairs room in his apartment, open the windows

facing Jerusalem, get down on his knees, and pray

to the one true God. No doubt, Daniel prayed at

other times also. He probably prayed throughout the

day. But there were these special times, set aside

times, where it was his priority to meet with God in

prayer. In fact, it was such a priority to Daniel that

when the king passed a decree that for the next

thirty days people could only pray to the king, Daniel

was unfazed. “No way.” Daniel may have been an

important official in Darius’ kingdom, but when the

king’s law (don’t pray) conflicted with God’s Law

(pray), the choice was clear. Daniel just kept right on



Read Daniel 6. Daniel was thrown in the lion’s lair,

but God protected Daniel, delivered Daniel, honored

Daniel, and put it in the Bible for all to see.

Of the many truths in this stunning chapter, one

concerns Daniel’s prayer. Three times a day, he

set aside a special time to pray. God nowhere

commands us that we must do the same, but there

is wisdom here. Wisdom would suggest a special

time, or several briefer times, set aside each day to

meet with God in prayer. A time we prioritize


Yes, we want to pray throughout the day, an ongoing

conversation with our Father. But it is wise to also

have a special time of prayer each day. Maybe it’s

not a long time, but it is your time, as in you and

God. It is your time to talk and listen and be together,

no matter what else happens that day. Your time to

connect. During that time, God will fill you up, restore

your soul, and prepare you for whatever the day




• Describe your thoughts around Daniel and his

commitment to the Lord.

• What special time will you set aside in the next

21 days to talk and listen to God?



Lord, awaken my heart to Your love. Give me an

increased hunger to spend more time in prayer,

worship, and Your Word. Please give me a greater

awareness of Your holiness, a tender conscience,

and a heart to please You in every thought, word,

and deed.