Scripture: Daniel 10-12. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Daniel saw a vision of a man, who was a heavenly being. Daniel had been frightened by his vision, but the messenger reassured him. God had sent a messenger to Daniel, but the Persian prince had detained him for three weeks; Daniel continued to pray and fast, and God’s messenger arrived. The messenger told Daniel about events that would take place, the kings of the south and the north, and the future of Israel. God’s messenger also described a time of trial when even believers may be tempted and stumble. Daniel was a very obedient, loyal, and faithful man of God. Follow along in Daniel 10-12!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Daniel trusted God wholeheartedly. God can bring us healing, peace, strength, and so much more. We must trust Him to minister to us just as He did to Daniel. God’s answers to our prayers may not always come too easily or too quickly, and sometimes our prayers may even be challenged by evil forces. However, we can be sure that God will come to our rescue and answer our prayers at just the right time. We must be patient, for God’s timing is best. Our God is in control of the past, present, and future. God wants us to share His Word with others. When we teach and talk to others about God, we should also be prepared to face difficult times of possible persecution and rejection. We all face trials and struggles in life. However, we can recognize these battles as opportunities to strengthen our faith in our Heavenly Father. It will only draw us closer to God. When we share God with others, we are being wise by leading them to God’s righteousness. Check out Romans 5:3-5 for a wonderful explanation on God’s purpose in our sufferings. One day, all suffering will come to an end. God will and is victorious over all evil in the world. The best is yet to come! God does not reveal everything to us, but He will tell us all we need to know. Being faithful to God will bring about a rich reward in the end, in the amazing life to come, the one that God has promised us. We have much to look forward to. 🙂
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.