Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

What is the most consistent thing about you? Maybe you’re consistently a hard worker, to the point that even when everything else goes off the rails, you’re still going to be good at your job. Or maybe you consistently love your kids and parent them well. Even when they royally mess up, you’re patient and wise in the ways you handle it. Or maybe you’re a consistent church member. Week in and week out, people know they can count on you to be there and to serve. For most of us, there are certain things about us that just don’t change, no matter what, because those things reflect the core of who we are.

On the other hand, there are other things about us that change depending on the circumstance. Some people only work hard at their jobs when the boss is paying attention, only parent their kids well when their kids live up to expectations, or only go to church when there’s nothing else they’d rather do, instead. This is why Daniel 6:10 is so challenging to us. Prayer is often one of those inconsistent things in our lives. We get busy. We get stressed. Life happens, and we forget to pray—for an entire day and sometimes even stretches of days or weeks at a time. This says something about who we are at our core and, more importantly, about what we believe (or don’t believe) about God.

Daniel was different. His boss, King Darius, decreed that any person who worshiped anyone other than him would be thrown into a den of lions. But even the threat of death itself didn’t change Daniel’s consistent practice of praying to the Lord. The circumstances didn’t matter nearly as much as who Daniel was at his core—a follower of the one true God. Even more, the circumstances didn’t matter nearly as much as who Daniel knew God to be—the Faithful One who stands alone as the sustainer of every life.

• What circumstances tend to get in the way of your total dependency on God in consistent prayer? How does Daniel’s story speak to you about that?

• What does your current prayer life reveal about who you are at your core? About what you believe (or don’t believe) about God?

• Thank God for the immense privilege of prayer. Acknowledge Him as being worthy of your consistency in this area, as well as your need to depend on Him in this way. Ask Him to help you become someone who depends on Him so deeply that your relationship with Him is the most consistent thing about you, no matter the circumstance.