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A Test Of Faith In The Lion’s Den

Read Daniel 6:1-28

Dee Dee Lee

Daniel showed his faith in his life far from home in Babylon as he put God first in spite of life-
threatening experiences. The strength of Daniel was his devotion to prayer and his belief that
God was in control. He prayed openly to God three times a day. From his early days as a young
man, taken into King Nebuchadnezzar’s courts for training, Daniel stood up for his convictions
with courage and fortitude.

Prayer, one of the most important “habits,” strengthened Daniel and strengthens all believers
in trying times as well as in daily life. Faith in a sovereign God can make all the difference
when you are “thrown to the lions.” Do you stand up for what you believe in? You can trust
God with the results. Daniel was secure in God’s care and didn’t have to panic, knowing God
had heard him. The Apostle Paul knew this too: 2 Timothy 4:16-17 (New American Standard)
“…all deserted me. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me… that through me the
proclamation might be fully accomplished and that all the Gentiles might hear, and I was
delivered from the lion’s mouth.” A quote from Elizabeth Elliot – “What God gives in answer to
our prayers will always be the thing we most urgently need and it will always be sufficient.”
Prayer is powerful.

At the end of chapter 6 Daniel gave credit to God in verse 22 (New Living Translation): “My God
sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found
innocent in his sight.” King Darius proclaimed a decree so everyone in his kingdom would
know what Daniel’s God, the “living God,” had done for Daniel (26-27). Only God knows who
will be touched as you stand up for your faith and share what God has done in your life. God is
sovereign and you can be secure in Him!

P r ay e r
”Dear God, I praise You for the ways You make me strong. You are a sovereign, loving God. I
know I can trust You with my life. I can be at peace knowing that You will deliver me and I am
secure knowing that You are in control. Help me to be more devoted to prayer and to stand
up for what is right. Forgive me for the times I didn’t stand up and make a difference for You.
You are all the security I need Lord. I love only You.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
DAY 48

How many ways did Daniel’s life in this chapter show God’s favor? (1-5, 19-23) Do you
Feel God’s favor on your life, whether or not you are in the midst of crisis? (Ps. 30:50)

How do you stand up for your convictions? Consider whether you are secure enough in God’s
control over all areas of your life to stand alone if you had to (use your journal).

Have you cultivated a strong prayer “habit?” Spend time asking God to show you ways to
become stronger in and more devoted to prayer.

MY Reflections
Does any particular verse (SCRIPTURE) in today’s reading speak to you?

OBSERVE what this verse is saying to you:

How can you APPLY this verse to your life today?

My PRAYER for today is: