Summary: A look at the biography of Daniel and how prayer affected his life and work.
DANIEL AND THE LIONS’ DEN
Key Verse and Theme: “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day, he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (Daniel 6:10)
1. Daniel was a man of integrity.
A. Daniel served under four kings. (Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus)
B. Daniel was given positions of authority in each kingdom. (Daniel 1:18-20; 5:29; 6:1)
C. Daniel was subject to scrutiny. (Daniel 6:4-5)
2. Daniel was a man of prayer.
A. Daniel prayed on a consistent basis. (Daniel 6:10)
B. Daniel received visions from God.
C. Daniel pleaded for his people in exile. (Daniel 9:1-4)
3. Daniel was a man of adversity.
A. Daniel was a Jewish slave who challenged the king’s decrees. (Daniel 1:8-10)
B. Daniel confronted the king with difficult dreams. (Daniel 2:24-49)
C. Daniel refused to bow to anyone but God. (Daniel 6:7-9)
4. What are the benefits of a strong, consistent prayer life?
A. Prayer will impact your relationship with those outside of God. (Daniel 6:26-27)
B. Prayer will drive you to a deeper relationship with God.
C. Prayer will lead to challenges in your life.
D. Prayer will develop spiritual success.