We Talk To God as Daniel Did

Those who teach children should read study #90 for children.

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, please, give me wisdom and faithfulness to lead your flock to seek you and to talk to you often about everything we need.”

1.    Prepare your heart to lead your flock to pray with faith.

Find in the Bible and write down something different about the way each of these believers prayed to God:

·         Solomon, 2 Chronicles 6:12–17.

·         Jabez, 1 Chronicles 4: 9 & 10.

·         Hannah, 1 Samuel 1:9–13.

·         David, 2 Samuel 7:18–22.

·         Daniel, Daniel 9:3–19.

·         Christians, Acts 4:24–30.

 

Daniel prayed daily.

 

Note: We may pray to God standing, sitting, kneeling or lying down, with our voice or silently

Find in the Bible how God wants us to pray:

·         In secret, Matthew 6:5–8. Note: Christians are always supposed pray in order to be seen and heard by God, never to be seen and heard by other people.

·         Forgiving others, Matthew 6:9–15. Note: Christians make many mistakes and commit many sins, so they need to pray to be forgiven by God. But God only forgives us when we forgive others who have offended us.

·         With repentance, Luke 18:10–14. Note: No one is good enough to make God answer his prayers. So, we must admit our faults when we pray and never brag about how good we think we are.

·         As submissive wives and as gentle husbands, 1 Peter 3:1–9. Note: Our heavenly Father will treat us the same way that we treat our mate.

·         With thanks, 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18. Note: God is always good and always answers sincere prayer in a way that is good for us.

 


Daniel amongst the lions.

 

Find in the Bible how Christian prayer is different from the prayers of other religions:

·         Using Jesus name, John 15:16; 16:24.

·         By the Holy Spirit, Jude 20 & 21.

·         Calling God ‘Father’, Matthew 6:9.

Find in these Bible texts and write down some things God wants believers to ask from him:

·         Matthew 6:9-13.

·         Acts 4:27-30.

·         Ephesians 1:15-20.

·         James 1:2-5.

·         James 5:13-16.

Read Daniel 6 to find and to write down from the following verses:

·         6:1-4 why King Darius’ officers were jealous of Daniel.

·         5-9 the governors’ evil plan to kill Daniel.

·         10-11 what Daniel did when he knew about their plot.

·         12-15 how the evil men forced the king to agree.

·         16-22 what God did to save Daniel.

·         23-24 what King Darius did with the evil men.

·         25-28 what King Darius did to glorify God.

 

2.    Plan with your co-workers the coming week’s activities.

Arrange to visit congregation members who have needs and pray with them

Walk through places where there are few or no Christians, praying for the people. Ask God to bless them and to show you which homes are ready to believe the Good News.

Visit new believers and show them how to pray daily as a family and in private.

 

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3.    Plan with your co-workers the up-coming worship.

Choose activities that fit current needs and local customs.

Relate or act out the story of Daniel from Daniel chapter 6.

Ask questions about what you found in part 1.

Let the children present the drama, poem and questions that they have prepared.

Have the congregation recite together the prayer Jesus taught in Matthew 6:9–13.

Teach the flock to pray by explaining Bible texts like those in section 1, and lead the flock to pray about things they need.

Encourage the believers to pray daily as a family and in private.

Memorise 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray continually.”

To introduce the Lord’s Supper: ·Tell from Daniel chapter 1, how Daniel’s three friends chose better food than that which God's laws forbade at that time. Explain that we eat the best food of all at the Lord’s Supper.

Have the believers pray, thanking God for Jesus, the Bread of Life, for His blood that cleanses from all sin, and. for the other good things they have received from God.

 

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