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Daniel, Dynamic Courage (Part 1)

15 Sep Posted by in Encouragement Today | Comments
Daniel, Dynamic Courage (Part 1)

by Diane Musil ~

DANIEL, a man of Dynamic Courage…and the Challenge we all have facing our own end-time “lions”.

Let us take a look at the man, Daniel. I want to begin with Chapters 5–6, because of the way it relates to the threat on our own freedom to pray.  We will, and are, facing times when we will have to answer if we want to serve God or man. 

Daniel was among those carried off to Babylon as a captive of the Babylonian King, DanielLionsDenNebuchadnezzar.  Daniel and his friends stood strong as King Nebuchadnezzar tried to change their beliefs.

It was King Darius, the Mede, who actually captured Babylon and ruled it during King Cyrus’ absence. King Darius appointed the prophet Daniel as one of three men in charge of the region. Daniel was a young man when he was appointed.

Daniel’s personal prayer life was the key to his courage and faith. This, along with his wisdom, integrity, and honesty made Daniel a man mightily used to affect the destiny of Israel.   

 Daniel 6:1-4 reads, Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.”

We see in these verses that Daniel caught the eye of King Darius as he proved himself more capable then all the others.

Just as we see today the other men, who had been appointed by Darius, were jealous that Daniel had won such respect and found success through following Godly character.  Daniel showed that he could do the job, and King Darius planned to put Daniel in charge of the whole Kingdom.  

This deep jealousy and spirit of competition drove all the men to plot against Daniel. They tried to find something–anything–to accuse Daniel, the now nearly 90 year old prophet.  But try as hard as they could, they could not find anything wrong; because Daniel was trustworthy, not lazy, and never dishonest. They finally gave up as they could find nothing wrong, NOTHING WRONG, with Daniel’s character. 

However, an idea popped into their minds–ahhh, let us create a law that will trap Daniel’s prayer life with his True Living God. So all the advisors, captains, and governors came as a group to propose an agreement to King Darius establishing a NEW LAW concerning PRAYER.

The NEW LAW said that for the next 30 days no one could pray to any other god except the King. This law was called the “Law of the Medes and Persians”.  It was signed by the King and, therefore, could never ever be changed…the new law was put into effect. IF ANYONE VIOLATED THIS LAW, THEN HARSH PUNISHMENT WOULD BE GIVEN.  That person (DANIEL) would be thrown into the Lion’s Den with hungry lions.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE LAW OF THE LAND COMES INTO CONFLICT WITH PRAYER AND THE WORDS OF JEHOVAH/JESUS? WILL WE BE ABLE TO BE FAITHFUL LIKE DANIEL?

LET US PRAY: ALMIGHTY GOD, You have stamped Your seal of adoption on our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  You alone have put Godly character in our hearts. You call us to stand strong in these evil days and to believe that our prayers are mighty when we pray in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

(In the next devotional we will see how the Living God protected the mighty man of Prayer, Daniel.)

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Diane Musil is a dear friend to Rhonda, me, and to Deaf Ministries Worldwide.  Diane is Deaf, legally blind, and has been struggling for years with an illness.  She has a deep, abiding relationship with Jesus, born out of life’s struggles.  Whether Diane is sharing God’s Words from the livingroom of a cell group, Bible study at church, or in a blog (like this one) she always has something of great spiritual value to share.

Diane has lived in the Chicago area her entire life and is pictured here with her dog, Pup.

May God encourage and bless you,
Gary

 

 

 

 


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