Being Like Daniel
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thess. 5:18
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You’ve heard the saying, “Everybody wanna be like Mike.” I need to talk to you. Why isn’t it “Everybody wants to be like Daniel” or “Everybody wants to be like Jesus”? I mean, think of Daniel. We’ve all heard the story of Daniel in the lions’ den.
While Daniel and the Jews were living in exile, King Darius made a decree at the urging of people who were hating on Daniel and wanted to see him fail. The king decreed that whoever petitioned any god or man for thirty days except for the king would be thrown into the den of lions (Dan. 6:7).
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing 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” (Dan. 6:10).
Daniel knew that he served the living God and he wasn’t going to stop worshiping him because of a man-made commandment. He openly worshiped God, prayed to Him, and gave Him thanks. He wasn’t fearful of what would happen to him for doing so, either.
Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den (Dan. 6:16), but the Lord spared his life (Dan. 6:21). His faith in the Lord saved him. He was unwilling to give in to the decree’s ungodly command and he stood up for what he believed in – rather, he bowed down and prayed.
Are we like Daniel? Do we stand up for the Lord and refuse to give in to ungodliness? Do we pray to the God of heaven no matter who is watching or what the consequences may be?
We’re commanded to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17) and to give thanks in every situation (1 Thess. 5:18). Daniel was steadfast in prayer and we should be, too (Rom. 12:12).
There’s a lot about which to be prayerful and a lot for which to be thankful. Let’s always give thanks to the God of heaven and petition him with our prayers.
If you don’t know the Lord, you can know Him. You can serve and obey Him. He’s the Savior of the world and He’s calling you to believe in Him, to repent of your sinful ways, and to be baptized. Won’t you put on the Lord today and be added to His church? Won’t you be thankful for His great sacrifice that He made for you and the whole world.
Let’s be prayerful and thankful.
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