Modern Day Babylon

Modern Day Babylon

The culture we live in is much like ancient Babylon.  Tolerance for every religion except Christianity is portrayed on a daily basis.  When Christians speak out against certain sins, we are called intolerant.

Our culture worships many false gods, much like the Babylonians of old.  There are the gods of power, prestige, and prosperity.  Today’s culture is excessively caught up in serving the god of self.  We often hear people crying, “What about my rights?”  Self-esteem seems to be the buzz word of the day.  People push and shove to be first, never giving a second thought as to who may be getting hurt in the process, even if it is their own family.  During the Christmas season, you can count on hearing of at least one fight between adults who are fighting over the last coveted item on the toy shelf.

Daniel knew the importance of keeping a diligent prayer life in the midst of his captivity in Babylon.  Even when the law declared he could pray, he continued in his daily habit, praying three times a day. (Daniel 6:10) The results of a faithful prayer life paid off for him.  Even though he was put into the den of hungry lions, the angel of the Lord held their mouths shut until the king demanded those who accused Daniel to be thrown in, along with their families. (Daniel 6:24)

Daniel’s prayer life also affected a very prominent, pagan, Babylonian king.  Not only did King Darius acknowledge Daniel’s God, he did so publicly. (Daniel 6:25-27)

If we develop a daily habit of prayer, how might we affect our own modern-day Babylon?

We might change the expected outcome of an important election.
Perhaps we would see strip bars shut down in our city.
We may see positive changes in those who persecute us.
We may find ourselves in a place where we can affect influential people.
Revival may break out in our city.
We could even cause territorial strongholds to be broken in our home, our city, our state, our nation, and our world.

What do you want to see in your own Babylon?  Do you want it badly enough to develop a daily habit of prayer?

© 2007, Stacy R. Miller


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