Scripture: Daniel 1-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Ezekiel was ministering to the captives of Babylon, and Daniel had become King Nebuchadnezzar’s counselor. Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, decided not to eat the king’s food. They were very dedicated and loyal to God. King Nebuchadnezzar began to have dreams and wanted them interpreted. With God’s help, Daniel interpreted two of the king’s dreams. Daniel and his friends were treated like royalty until they refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue. God protected Daniel and rescued his three friends from the fiery furnace. Follow along in Daniel 1-3!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Daniel and his three friends were very dedicated and loyal to God. Daniel continued to pray to God even though he knew that he may face death. Just like God was with Daniel and his friends, God is with us always, too. When we face struggles and trials in life, we can expect God to be right there along with us. We can always ask God to give us the courage to remain faithful to Him under the pressures around us. God is always in control, and He will watch over those who truly love Him. Just like Daniel, we must also resolve to obey God. God will protect us when we make a stand for Him. We must flee from our temptations in life and stick to what we know is right in God’s eyes. We must never compromise God’s laws. Prayer is a very effective tool. When the king gave Daniel the time to find the answer about his dreams, Daniel and his three friends went to God in prayer. Prayer is definitely more effective than panic. When our prayers are answered, we must remember to praise God, giving Him all of the credit and honor. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were pressured by the king to deny God; however, they know that their God would deliver them, for they were faithful to Him. We will one day receive our eternal reward from our Heavenly Father. And, that reward is totally worth any pain and suffering we may have to endure now here on earth!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Daniel and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.