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Shut Their Mouths!

Hello 😊 It is Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Max Lucado wrote: “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

I had someone once say to me “Prayer is a sign of weakness.” I about fell over. I am sure my mouth dropped open. After I was able to compose myself I said “Are you kidding me! Prayer is the most powerful source in the universe!”

We filmed yesterday on the Women in the Word set and the topic was prayer.

I am not sure how it works, but I know it does! Prayer is power!

What an awesome God to allow us access to His throne room in order to lay our prayers and petitions at His feet.

In fact, we are told to come ‘boldly’.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

When I think of prayer warriors, I think of Daniel.

Daniel loved God and God loved Daniel. God granted Daniel favor and kindness (Daniel 1:9)

No doubt Daniel’s parents raised him to know and trust his Heavenly Father. His faith was huge!!

One of my favorite stories is that of Daniel and the lion’s den.

King Darius reorganized his kingdom. He appointed one hundred twenty governors to administer all the parts of his realm. Over them were three vice-regents, one of whom was Daniel. The governors reported to the vice-regents, who made sure that everything was in order for the king. But Daniel, brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents and governors that the king decided to put him in charge of the whole kingdom.

The vice-regents and governors got together to find some old scandal or skeleton in Daniel’s life that they could use against him, but they couldn’t dig up anything. He was totally exemplary and trustworthy. They could find no evidence of negligence or misconduct. So they finally gave up and said, “We’re never going to find anything against this Daniel unless we can scheme up something religious.”

The vice-regents and governors conspired together and then went to the king and said, “King Darius, live forever! We’ve convened your vice-regents, governors, and all your leading officials, and have agreed that the king should issue the following decree:

For the next thirty days no one is to pray to any god or mortal except you, O king. Anyone who disobeys will be thrown into the lions’ den.

“Issue this decree, O king, and make it unconditional, as if written in stone like all the laws of the Medes and the Persians.”

King Darius signed the decree.

When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God.

The conspirators came and found him praying, asking God for help. They went straight to the king and reminded him of the royal decree that he had signed. “Did you not,” they said, “sign a decree forbidding anyone to pray to any god or man except you for the next thirty days? And anyone caught doing it would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

“Absolutely,” said the king. “Written in stone, like all the laws of the Medes and Persians.”

Then they said, “Daniel, one of the Jewish exiles, ignores you, O king, and defies your decree. Three times a day he prays.”

At this, the king was very upset and tried his best to get Daniel out of the fix he’d put him in. He worked at it the whole day long.

But then the conspirators were back: “Remember, O king, it’s the law of the Medes and Persians that the king’s decree can never be changed.”

The king caved in and ordered Daniel brought and thrown into the lions’ den. But he said to Daniel, “Your God, to whom you are so loyal, is going to get you out of this.”

A stone slab was placed over the opening of the den. The king sealed the cover with his signet ring and the signet rings of all his nobles, fixing Daniel’s fate.

The king then went back to his palace. He refused supper. He couldn’t sleep. He spent the night fasting. – The Message Daniel 6:1-18

The king knew he had been duped. He was not a happy man! He admired Daniel. Daniel was his friend and he would not have knowingly sentenced him to death. He could not eat. No musicians were sent to him. He did not sleep all night. I image he did a lot of pacing. His heart must have been filled with not only regret, but anger for being tricked by his governors and other head people.

Picking back up with verse 19…”Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” – Daniel 6:19-23 NKJV

Can you see this in your mind’s eye?

You are thrown to hungry lions. You have seen it before or at least heard stories. You know, that unless God delivers you, you will be torn to shreds.

Lions are carnivores and they have not eaten in some time in order to make them ravenous. You are to be their meal. You see them pacing, you hear them roaring, your heart beats faster and faster, you begin to tremble and you are praying and crying out to God.

You know if it is God’s you will be spared, if not, it will not end well for you. But you trust God, regardless!

Notice the king’s question again: “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

The king recognized God’s power and authority. He knew God was the living God.

Notice Daniel’s reply: “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Daniel showed respect to the king of the land and gave credit to the king of the universe.

Because of Daniel’s faithfulness and daily witness, he turned the heart of the king. So much so that the king issued a decree.

“Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” - Daniel 6:25-27 NKJV

Of course, it did not end well for Daniel’s accusers. And not just the men, but their wives and children also! That shows us that our actions affect more than just ourselves. Sometimes we can bring great calamity upon our family from our hatred and deceit.

“And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.” Daniel 6:24 NKJV

Our God, the one true living God, saves His people from very real danger.

If He can shut the mouths of hungry lions, He can save you from the clutches and snares of the devil. All you have to do is ask. Seems too simple? Too easy? It is! And that is what makes it so wonderful!!

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