Daniel had another purpose of heart. He had purposed to pray toward Jerusalem three times a day. Now those who served the king with him were very jealous. They plotted how they could trap Daniel. Why? Daniel 6:3 says that Daniel distinguished himself because he had an excellent spirit.
Verse 4 says, “…they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.” The fruit of Daniel’s purpose of heart was God’s empowerment to resist temptation, faithfulness, and heart integrity.
They devised a plan and influenced the king to sign a decree that whoever petitioned any god or man, except the king, would be cast into the lion’s den.
Verse 10 says, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”
It was his lifestyle since early days. Have you purposed in your heart to spend time with the Lord every day? Are you like Daniel, no matter what your circumstances are, you remain faithful to your heart-purpose?
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all record how Jesus went away to commune with His Father. Matthew 14:23 says, “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”
Our quiet time is Heart-to-heart communion with the Lord. He is our central focus in this holy time. Our lives are absolutely dependent on Him. Therefore, as we set this time apart for Him, He is present to reveal Himself in ways we have not known before. He longs to impart His wisdom, understanding, knowledge, but also His desires for us and through us.