Highlighting the Christian dilemma of living in the world but not by it, Prentice suggests that the Biblical answer is deep disciplined devotion – three times a day.
This was Daniel’s practice, and although it seems to have been the cause of the persecution against him, it was also his strength in troubled times.
After all, did not Jesus promise persecution for his followers? (Lk 21:12)
As Prentice points out, it was the very nature of the regularity with which Daniel had his devotions that made the evil schemes against him possible (Dan. 6:10):
10When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
This is not legalism but discipline. It may be hard at times to distinguish between the two but much to often in protestant circles we decide something is legalistic when it is a matter of discipline – is it our flesh or our sensitivity to the Spirit that makes that decision…?
We really need to look at ourselves as Christians – I certainly do – and ask ourselves why we do not make time for these devotions. We emphasise the personal relationship that is possible with the living God, then why don’t we spend time with him regularly?
After all, there seems to be far more to loose by not having deep disciplined devotion.