Emotions come and go, but you cannot trust your feelings. You cannot take orders from your feelings. You get your orders from the Word and from the Holy Spirit. Experientially, most of us have no idea who we are or where we are. But consider a man like Daniel who heard King Darius’ decree that no one could worship God. What did he do? He opened the windows of his chamber that faced toward Jerusalem, and three times a day-morning, noon, and night-he prayed toward God’s temple (Daniel 6:10).
During that time, Jerusalem was desolate because of Israel’s wickedness. Daniel prayed for God to turn away His anger and to pour out His mercy. Daniel always included himself among the sinners: “We have sinned, and have committed iniquity” (Daniel 9:5). He always had an attitude of praise and honor toward God in his prayers: “for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies” (Daniel 9:18b).
In verse 23, the Word of God came to him saying, “thou art greatly beloved.” In other words, “You are special. You are my darling.” God beautifully answered his prayer. He was delivered in the lion’s den, and the king realized that Daniel’s God was the God.