Worshiping in Luxury

Weather permitting, I have my devotions on my front porch.

I’ve intentionally outfitted it with comfortable outdoor furniture, pillows, plants, candles, and a soft wind chime, so that it will be an inviting retreat for private devotions or family time.

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One morning last week, as I lay on the wicker couch there listening to the breeze, chimes, and birdsong, I thought how lovely it was that I could read my Bible and pray aloud in absolute comfort and ease. I never need worry about hiding my faith, as Christian brothers and sisters in many countries do. It’s unfathomable to think that Christianity is illegal in some Muslim countries, and believers there can be jailed or even killed.

On Sunday, a visiting evangelist taught our junior church kids from the book of Daniel, focusing on the familiar tale of Daniel in the lions’ den.

As the story goes, King Darius was tricked into signing a law decreeing that for thirty days, he alone could receive prayers and petitions. No other God or gods were to be worshiped.

In his vanity, the king did not consider the habits of his trusted friend and adviser, Daniel, whose routine of praying three times daily was well known.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. – Daniel 6:10

Consider the wording of the verse: “Now when Daniel knew…” As soon as Daniel knew about the law, without hesitation, he prayed as he always had: three times each day, windows open for all the world to see.

He didn’t stop praying, or even pray in secret. He kept his regular appointment with God in his usual way.

We ought to obey God rather than men. – Acts 5:29b

I wonder, were Christianity ever to be outlawed in America, would I hide my faith?

Would I deny it?

Would you?

I’ve prayed that I and my children will never need to face that issue. But considering that question reminds me to pray for those who are forced to deal with it every day.

My husband receives a publication called “Voice of the Martyrs,” which shares stories and prayer requests of persecuted Christians around the world. You can visit their web site here.

Where do you retreat to have your devotions? Have you considered the plight of persecuted believers around the world?

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7 thoughts on “Worshiping in Luxury”

  1. I retreat to nature, whether it be a particular spot at the edge of the backyard, or to a nearby park which offers a wonderful meandering walkway through the woods.

    And I am glad that, at church, we regularly offer prayer for believers who suffer every day for their faith. We must stay informed and never take our religious freedom for granted.

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  2. Interesting that you ask, would I deny my faith if it became illegal here? I was having a convo with someone the other day regarding a black lady who was almost lynched back in the 60’s. She and some friends were picked up by the police and harrassed. They were going to let her go, but she kept asking what had happened to her friends, so they decided to scare her. The person I was talking to said she should have been less mouthy; it is better to be a live coward than a dead hero. But I only wondered how courageous I would be in a dangerous situation.

    It brought to mind the students who were shot at Columbine for saying they did believe in God when the shooter asked. I wondered, what would I have said?

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