Praying Big (Daniel 6)

A few weeks ago, our pastor said something that I can’t get out of my mind.

“What a tragedy it would be,” he said, “if, at the end of my life, I had all of my children and grandchildren gathered around me and had no great acts of God to tell them about.”

Can you relate?

Great acts of God are not just for our immediate benefit when they occur. Those great acts should serve as a witness to others of the goodness of our God. Just such a situation happens in Daniel 6.

When Daniel was treacherously thrown into the lion’s den, there were two possible outcomes: the lions were going to eat him or God was going to perform a miracle. Had Daniel died, that would have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t.

When God came through on Daniel’s behalf, it was such a dramatic and obvious act of God that it changed everything for heathen King Darius. He said:

“I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel; For He is a living God and endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion will never end. He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth, for He rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” (Daniel 6:26-27)

Darius’ spiritual life was turned upside down when he saw the unbelievable.

This happened over and over again as Jesus performed miracles during His earthly ministry. Very often, the gospel writers note a miracle and then add something like this: “So the crowd was amazed when they saw those unable to speak talking, the crippled restored, the lame walking and the blind seeing, and they gave glory to the God of Israel.” (Matt. 15:31)

When people witness a great act of God and can barely believe their eyes, they are given the opportunity to consider the source in a new and powerful way. Just like King Darius, it may just be the thing that leads them to a relationship with the Savior.

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Reading Plan- Week Thirty-Eight

Day One- Daniel 5
Day Two- Daniel 6
Day Three- Daniel 7
Day Four- Daniel 8
Day Five- Daniel 9