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"On Belay"

"We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient." - Billy Graham

“On belay” is a familiar call that high-ropes instructors teach their participants. Before any elevated activity begins, climbers learn the importance of a ‘static belay’ connecting their harness to an overhead safety line, generally with two security ropes for double protection.

Testing ourselves high above the ground can be dangerous if not done with caution and care; accidents may be serious or deadly. But with the harness well connected to the safety line, the risk is merely perceived.

Staying connected to a strong source of protection is a great idea 30-feet off the ground, and in daily life. 

Daniel lived in a dangerous, risky, pagan world; he might pay dearly for a political or spiritual misstep. Malevolent opponents plotted to trap him, so staying connect to God was all the more critical. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before . (Daniel 6:10b)

Daniel established a pattern of staying connected to God during the routines of life, and that practice provided the safety he needed when his surroundings turned perilous. Stay connected to God through prayer, our ultimate sure source of true protection. 


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