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How to Pray Like Daniel: 5 Keys to Transforming Prayer Life

Been wanting to learn how to pray like Daniel?

In this blog, discover 5 key secrets to transforming your prayer life based on his story.

But first, let’s get to know Daniel.

Who Was Daniel?

Knowing him personally

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The name Daniel was taken from the Hebrew and Aramaic name Danîye’l or Dani’el. The latter means “God is my Judge”1.

Hailing from the tribe of Judah, Daniel was born to David by Abigail at Hebron, also called Chileab (2 Samuel 3:3; 1 Chronicles 3:1; Daniel 1:3).

He also served as a Jewish statesman and prophet at the court of King Nebuchadnezzar during the Babylonian captivity1.

The Bible does not provide extensive details about Daniel’s family or specific occupation. But it highlights his exceptional qualities, including his wisdom and understanding, making him stand out among his peers (Daniel 1:17).

Exploring his story

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Along with his friends Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego), Daniel was captured and taken to Babylon during Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (Daniel 1:6-7).

During this reign, Daniel interpreted the king’s dream of a colossal statue, unveiling God’s sovereign plan for earthly kingdoms (verses 31-45 of chapter 2).

On another instance, refusing to cease his prayerful habit, which his enemies hated so much, Daniel miraculously survived the punishment of being thrown into the lion’s den (verses 10-23 of chapter 6).

During Belshazzar’s feast, Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall, foretelling the fall of Babylon (verses 1-30 of chapter 5).

Amid the persecution in the Persian reign, Daniel thrived and received divine revelations (6:28; 9:22-23).

In those visions, he foresaw future events, including empires’ rise and fall, and the Messiah’s coming (chapters 7–12).

In all these, Daniel’s unwavering faith and dedication to God marked him as a pivotal figure in biblical history.

5 Secrets on How to Pray Like Daniel

1) Treat prayer as a privilege.

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Daniel considered prayer a privilege, openly praying 3 times a day despite the risk (Daniel 6:10).

This reminds us to recognize prayer as a privileged opportunity to communicate with the Creator. So, embrace prayer with joy, understanding that it is not an obligation but a unique chance to connect with God and seek His guidance.

2) Establish a regular prayer routine.

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As mentioned earlier, Daniel prayed 3 times daily. This shows that he maintained a regular prayer routine (Daniel 6:10).

So, set a consistent and dedicated time for prayer each day. Create a habit of seeking God in the morning, noon, and evening, fostering a continuous and intimate relationship with Him.

3) Pray openly and boldly with a purpose.

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Daniel exemplified praying openly, even when faced with adversity, demonstrating a purposeful and steadfast commitment to God (Daniel 6:22).

With this, approach prayer with openness and boldness, unapologetically declaring your faith. Let your prayers reflect a clear purpose, seeking God’s guidance, wisdom, and transformative power in your life.

4) Declare God’s promises in your prayers.

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Just as Daniel did, align your requests with the assurance that God keeps His covenant and mercy to those who love Him (Daniel 9:4).

Recall specific biblical promises relevant to your situation, reinforcing your confidence in His faithfulness.

5) Believe in the power of prayer.

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Daniel’s life attests to the efficacy of prayer, as seen in his deliverance from the lion’s den and his unwavering faith in God’s promises (Daniel 6:22).

With this, believe in the transformative power of prayer to bring about change, seeking divine intervention and strengthening your connection with God.

What Have You Learned?

What have you learned from this article about how to pray like Daniel?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  1. Siegfried Horn, The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary, 1979, 263-69 [] []
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26 Responses

  1. I’m in Juba City ready for God to bless me with my family members and my wife children
    I need to know when did God answer my prayers request powers and abilities to transform and protection and restoration
    Thanks you so much blessing team

    1. I’m in Uganda East Africa waiting for the Lord to bless me with knowledge, understanding and wisdom,,,faiver too so that I can do his work

    2. The team will be praying for you and your family, Michael. 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” You will know when God has answered your prayers. Let’s put our trust in Him.

    1. Hello, Yomi. We appreciate your desire to know more about God. There are many ways to learn about Him. Let us know if you are interested in studying the Bible with us. God bless you.

    1. Hi, James. The team will be praying for you. Meanwhile, I would like to type my prayer here for you.

      The Bible says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

      Lord God Almighty, I give You thanks in advance for the monetary gifts that are surely on their way to James including the wisdom that he desires. For I am confident that, he shall lack nothing of what You have promised for him in light of Your glorious riches. We put our trust in You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

  2. I’m very glad that I happened to find this website/post. I appreciate the encouragement it offers. It has helped lift my spirits today. I am seeking healing of my body, my marriage, and financial relief. I’m also grateful that God has brought me through this long life I’ve had with many blessings, good health, a home, a job, and He has always kept me safe from harm. I’m trying to practice the Daniel fast for three weeks and was seeking ways to pray when I found this article today. God always knows what we need! Thank you so much.

    1. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Barbara. We are glad that our website and its content has blessed people like you mightily. Please help us share this site so others may be blessed too. Thank you for your support.

  3. What a blessing and enlightenment I have gotten through this wonderful message. Thanks a lot and keep it up.

  4. Thank you, God, for these interceding may your name be highly exalted. Keep my mother in your prayers she is going through a lot of suffering.

  5. Please pray for me I’m jobless n I need God’s intervention in my daughter lifestyle she is a great worshiper but she doesn’t want to go to church with me God must direct her to the right direction
    2 I need God intervention in my finances and my health as well I want him to give me a heart of worshiping him everyday Amen 🙏

  6. My name is Kimberly, please pray for me, I need my finances to be in order I need money so I can be in my own home with just me and my dog I live in a environment that is very toxic to me but I am very grateful that I have a roof over my head food to eat and clothes to wear which most people at this time and age don’t have but I asked that you pray for me that I find my own home my own glory and a quiet place so I can manifest God always, I don’t mean to be greedy and I know there are people out there that are homeless and I know there are people out there that need more than what I need so I am very thankful that I have what I have please don’t get me wrong I know God sees my heart and I have a good heart and I’ll do whatever I can for anybody I love God just asking for some prayers God bless all of you

  7. I missed the 4 sentences I got oh God hear my prayer. What was the rest. I am 80 and bad memory and slow. Thank you.

    1. I have been in my present job for 10 years. I could be wrong, but I think only one other person has been there longer. Most other staff have been there 1 or 2 years, some 4 or 5. I tell my colleagues that the only reason I have survived so long is because of my prayers. Praise God.

      In fact I used to be surrounded by lions trying to devour me, or waiting to devour me, but they didn’t. They devoured themselves instead, or became more like sheep and lambs. Praise God.

  8. I have been in my present job for 10 years. Only one other person there has been there longer. Most other staff have been there 1 or 2 years, some 4 or 5. I tell my colleagues that the only reason I have survived so long is because of my prayers.

  9. Hello brothers and sisters in Christ.
    I’m believing our Great GOD who is gloriously ruling and reigning from his glorious throne to search/rescue my 3 children!!!
    Please believe with me that our risen savior, our dreaded champion, our fierce defender, our Jehovah ROHI ( our good shepherd), the root of David, The Lion of Judah will rescue and deliver my children according to his written word “ He Shall Deliver The Seed Ofthe righteous “.AMEN

    1. I have been studying, not just reading the Bible, for many years now. I made a promise when I was 6 years old that I would read the Bible from cover to cover. Reading the Bible is the reason I bounce out of bed in the morning. It is the greatest book ever written. In 2015 my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 16 months later he died. People wondered why I didn’t cry at the funeral. I explained to them and I’ll explain to those learning about God today—the greatest comfort is knowing where your loved one is when they take their last breath here on earth. My husband is in heaven and there is no doubt. He spoke and prayed with prisoners for 30 years. Many came to know Christ because of God working through my husband. I married an angel. Please continue on your journey of learning all you can. Our Lord will give you emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual strength beyond your abilities. It is an unbelievable journey when you decide to take your love for God seriously. He will provide. He never fails and though we are sinners, He never gives up on us. Peace to all!

  10. Hi I want say thank you for all the effort you have put into this . Please answer this question for me I I have a prayer life with God and I cherish that but sometimes I would pray in my heart these powerful prayer but when I open my mouth to bring them out it doesn’t come out the way I hear me praying in my spirit man

  11. Naomba mnisaidie nimeanza maombi ya toba na rehema,naomba mniombee nisirudi nyuma katika maombi ili niwe imara katika maombi.

  12. I will like to know more about God, the almighty and how to walk in His ways
    so to inherit HIs promises for me and my family.

  13. My daughter was on dialysis for 16 years and God call her home February 16 2022 and I am still having a hard time with dealing with that then maybe 2 weeks later my husband was put on dialysis and I need help praying for God to heal him not by surgery but by God replacing him with 2 new kidneys and I know he can do it in Jesus name Amen. His name is Bobby Hatchell. Thank you for your prays

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