Beloved, faithful praying will not keep you from crisis, or from struggles and difficulties. On the contrary, in all likelihood, you will end up in a fired-up furnace or a lion?s den, as it happened to Daniel and His compatriots who were strong men of prayer! Their desire to remain pure and uncorrupted at a time of great apostasy, their faithful prayer and commitment, and their seeking the Lord?s face took them to greater crises and challenges! However, they had prepared themselves. Prayer will prepare us to face the challenges ahead, trusting the Lord. This is how we can become a living sacrifice for Jesus? sake. Remember, seeking the face of your Lord will prepare you to face your furnace. Opening your windows towards spiritual Jerusalem, so that you can pray for God?s glorious church without spot and wrinkle, may cause you to face the lions in the world?s amphitheaters, but praise the Lord, your commitment to seek the Lord will prepare and strengthen you to stand in your time of trial and crisis. That is God?s assurance to us. Daniel?s prayer and his commitments led him to the lion?s den! This trial came upon Daniel many years after three of his friends had gone through the fire in a trial of faith. Do you know Daniel was about eighty years of age when he was thrown to the lions? This may intimidate some of us!