Daniel was faithful to make time to pray even when his life was at stake because of it. How is your prayer life? James 5:16 tells us that the “effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Take time today to pray about something that needs to be accomplished in your life.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned that God wants us to pray only to Him and that He hears and answers our prayers. Daniel was a servant of the king. He was such a great servant that the king planned to set him over the entire kingdom. This angered the other leaders. They tried to find grounds to file charges against Daniel, but could not because he was trustworthy and not corrupt. They knew Daniel worshiped God and prayed to Him at least three times a day, so they devised a plan and asked the king to throw anyone into the lions’ den who did not worship the king. The king made the decree. Even though Daniel knew about the decree, he still went home, got on his knees and prayed, thanking God, just as he had always done before. The men told the king what Daniel was doing and the king was upset. He loved Daniel and did not want him to die in the lions’ den. Since it was the law, Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den. The next morning Daniel was still alive and the king was relieved. Daniel told him that God had sent an angel to close the lions’ mouths. The king was overjoyed and had the men who had accused Daniel thrown into the lions’ den. He issued a new decree telling the people to “fear and reverence the God of Daniel.”
1. God is our protector
2. God wants us to only pray to Him.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3 (NASB)
3 Activities That Help Us Learn God is Our Protector and Wants Us To Pray To Only Him:
1. Protecting Daniel
Play this game with your child where he pretends to be the angel in the lion’s den that closes the lions’ mouths. Draw a simple face on a ping pong ball or a golf ball to represent Daniel. Use a Dixie cup to represent the lions’ den. Go outside on the patio or driveway and have your child place the cup on the ground upside down and place “Daniel” on top of the cup. Use a large ball to be the lion and roll the ball towards “Daniel”. Have your child protect Daniel by making sure the ball does not hit his “Daniel”.
2. Snack Time
Use a large sheet of poster board, fold it in half and cut it. Then cut a little bit more to make it the size of placemat. Write this verse from Psalm 42:8 in the center of the mat. “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life.” Let your child decorate the mat with stickers and crayons. Use the mat at meals and snack time as a reminder to pray to God throughout the day. Use the mat during snack time and let your child make a lion snack. Grab a round cracker, strips of cheese and raisins. Have your child arrange the cheese around the cracker to make the lion’s mane and add the raisins as the eyes. As your child eats his snack, talk about Daniel and the lion’s den by asking these questions.
1. Who did the king want everyone to pray to?
2. Who did Daniel pray to?
3. What happened to Daniel when he disobeyed the king?
4. Did the lions eat Daniel?
5. Who protected him?
6. Who protects us?
3. Freeze Game
Show your child how to be a lion by crawling on the floor, using his hands as claws and making a loud roar. Play a “freeze” game with your child. Have him move around the room pretending to roar at Daniel. You play the angel and signal him to freeze. He must stop and stay still until he can move again. Talk with your child about how God kept the mouth of the lion closed to keep Daniel safe.
Thank you God for hearing me when I pray. Please help me to remember to come to you when I am afraid and even when I’m not.
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