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Facing the “lions” seeking to devour…

20 Oct Posted by in Encouragement Today | 1 comment
Facing the “lions” seeking to devour…

by Diane Musil ~

DANIEL, the man–Facing the “lions” seeking to devour his prayer life (Part 2 of 2, see September 2015, Encouragement Today for Part 1)

Daniel heard all about the new law. The new law said that for the next thirty days no one could pray to any other god except King Darius. 

Daniel 6:10 reads:

New Living Translation, “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, JUST AS HE HAD ALWAYS DONE, giving thanks to his God.”

New King James Version, ” Now when Daniel knew that the new law was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, AS WAS HIS CUSTOM since early days.”

AS WAS HIS CUSTOM, Daniel instinctively knelt in prayer.  In fact, as the scripture says, he knelt in prayer three times a day in his house, with open windows praying toward Jerusalem. Daniel would kneel down and give thanks to God for His great faithfulness!

Those proposing the new law found Daniel in the act of praying to the Living God. They went to the king and reminded him that the new law he had signed could not be changed and that they had caught Daniel praying.

“Hearing this, the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament.

In the evening the men went together to the king and said, ‘Your Majesty, you know that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed.’

So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, ‘May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you’” (Daniel 6:14-16, New Living Translation).

The king had no choice, even though he loved Daniel. He ordered that Daniel be thrown into the Lions’ Den. Then the king’s royal officers placed a huge rock in front of the Lions’ Den with ring signets making a special seal to ensure that no one could move the rock and also so Daniel could not get out.

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The king went back to his Palace.  He did not:

1)  eat

2)  have entertainment

3)  sleep

WHY:  Was the king scared and wondering if he was wrong?  Was he worried about losing such a good worker, Daniel?  

Before dawn the next morning the king hurried to find out about Daniel. He called to Daniel, “Oh servant, did the living God whom you serve save you?” 

Daniel replied, “Oh king, live forever!!  My God sent an angel to shut the lion’s mouth and they did not hurt me.  I am innocent and have not done anything wrong to you, oh king!”

The king was overjoyed!  He ordered the servants to lift Daniel from the Lions’ Den.  They saw that Daniel had no scratches on him–none!  Daniel had fully trusted in the true living God! 

Then the king ordered that the officers who accused Daniel along with their wives and children, be cast into the same Lions’ Den with the same lions that Daniel faced.  The lions grabbed them and ate them up before their bodies could touch the floor.  (A grown male lion can eat about 15 pounds of meat per day.  That is about 60 quarter-pound hamburgers!)

The man, Daniel had UNSHAKABLE FAITH!  Daniel’s prayer life created such a trusting relationship with his GOD!. 

The king wrote a letter to all the people and all nations and all spoken languages:

1)            Daniel’s God is the true and only Living God! He lives forever.

2)            His Kingdom will never be destroyed.

3)            Daniel’s God rescues and saves people.

4)            He rules forever.

5)            He does great and mighty miracles in heaven and on earth.

6)            It was Daniel’s God who saved Him from the mouths of the lions.

blue_crossThe story of Daniel is a testimony of the faith of a Believer in the mighty power of God to protect and deliver during times of injustice (not fair) and persecution. We need a prayer life like Daniel’s prayer life so we will have courage and hope during the times in which we live today.

We see what is happening in the USA and around the world; we see Believers are being persecuted and martyred for their faith. God does deliver some in this life, like He did Daniel…while others are delivered into the arms of Jesus through death, like Stephen–the first martyr of the Church who was stoned to death.

PRAYER: MIGHTY LIVING GOD, You alone are able to rescue us and save us from the pits of life. Whether you choose to deliver us like You did Daniel out of the “Lions’ Den” or deliver us into your presence like you did Stephen, we know that You hear our prayers, You meet our needs, and make it possible for us to live for You and die for You. We trust You! In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

One comment

  • Lori says:

    Diane I have really enjoyed reading your blogs shared by Deaf Ministries Worlwide on their Facebook page. May God continue to bless you as your writing blesses us. Thank you for your obedience in this ministry.


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