The Lion’s Den

You know the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den?  It’s a bible story about men trying to destroy men of faith.

Lion

There was no fault found in Daniel.  So  men made up a law to catch Daniel in a trap—no one could pray or worship anyone but the king on pain of death.  But Daniel prayed as he always did.  And then…

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” 28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.  (Daniel 6 NIV)

Daniel was a man of faith.  He did not falter in prayer and honest worship of God.  He did not fear man.  He feared God alone.  May it also be with us that we choose the Lamb – Christ Jesus the Lord.

A Prayer for us all.

God we pray and ask for Your Grace and Favor as we walk upon the earth and do Your works.  Silence the voice of the evil one who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy.  Protect us and watch over us in our comings and goings.  And when men seek to destroy our good name, the work we’ve done, or how we remain loyal to You, for us as you did for Daniel.  Rescue us from the lion’s den.  Help us to remain faith, strong, and true to you.  May we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  Help us Lord to extend grace to everyone around us.  We acknowledge that we live, work, and play amongst broken people who often don’t know they’re broken–so they live and respond from a place of brokenness.  But you, oh Lord, came to set every captive free.

Help us Lord God to remember that you desire that no one perish but that all come to salvation through Christ Jesus.  Fill our hearts with your love, our minds with your peace, and our lips with your words.  Help us God to release to you those who have hurt, offended, angered, or saddened us.  Help us to lay down our resentments, anger, fear, distrust, mistrust, disgruntledness, hurts, and hang-ups.

Holy Spirit give us the Father’s perspective so that we can clearly see and know how to pray in the midst of the storms.  You are the only Righteous Judge.  Let our hearts be made right before you.  Fight for us oh Lord.  Let us, your holy people cling to you in reverential awe.  Turn our heats back to you Lord, and have mercy on us.  We are in such desperate need of you.

Thank you Father God that you hear our prayers and You answer them.  May Your name be forever glorified.

Amen!

Reference

New International Version (Bible). Book of Daniel.  from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel%206&version=NIV Retrieved March 10, 2013 4, 2013

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