Daniel | Day Three
By: Chelsea Vaughn
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Enter into today’s study with some reflection. Think about a time when God answered a prayer that you’d been praying for a while. Think about the relief and joy that washed over you when answered. Now, enter day three with that mindset, eager to see God come through.
Read Daniel 2:1-24.
Talk about a power trip! After King Nebuchadnezzar has this intense dream, he demands an interpretation from someone in the kingdom. Tons of people try to unravel the meaning with their own knowledge and cunning. The king is displeased with each servant, and he condemns their efforts as rubbish. So naturally, (not really) the king decides it’s a good idea to punish every wise man. Panic overwhelms the kingdom as they fear for their lives, and everyone is in a hurry to solve the mystery of the king’s vision.
As we read this passage, what incentives did Nebuchadnezzar offer to those able to interpret his dream?
How did Daniel respond in contrast to the king's rash request?
Who does Daniel tell the king who the source of the interpretation was?
Read Daniel 2:17-18. What did Daniel ask of his friends?
Daniel is not shaken with fear, but completely dependent on God. Death has no power over him because his life is protected high above the powers of this world. Prayer is his priority, and his close friends are vessels of hope. Wisdom and knowledge are not enough to make this happen, only a miracle from God could prevail.
Now, read Daniel 2:19.
Faithfulness means we’re aware of our source.
Even after the vision is granted to Daniel, he is not in a hurry to claim his life. The kingdom is in panic, and Daniel is found alone singing praises to God. His worship shouts the eternal, glorious blessing of God’s Kingdom.
The world will tell us that our reward and punishment hinges on our ability to perform.
The True King tells us that our reward is faithfulness.
How does this story of Daniel increase your faith in prayer?
Why do we trust our abilities before we pray?
What does it mean (to you) to worship God faithfully?
When you do something great, do you want to keep some of the glory?
Was it challenging to remember to praise Him that He used you?
Have you used your gifts to serve non-believers? How so?
Why would God use believers to serve the plans of non-believers?
Just as we started today’s study reflecting on God’s favor in answering our prayers, remember now and today how he has shown His love and care for you.