God Heard Daniel’s Prayer and
Dear Father, please use this study to teach the children to pray faithfully.
Choose any of the learning activities that fit the children’s ages and current needs.
1. A teacher or older child reads or tells by memory about Daniel and the lions, Daniel 6.
God heard Daniel’s prayer and
saved him from being eaten by hungry lions.
God kept Daniel safe in a den of lions.
Ask these questions: [Answers appear after each question.]
· Why were the king’s officials jealous of Daniel? [See verse 3]
· Why did the king’s officials want the king to make a new law about prayer? [verse 5]
· What did Daniel do when he heard about the king’s new law? [verse 10]
· What did the king do the night that Daniel was in the den of lions? [verse 18]
· How was Daniel saved from the lions? [verse 22]
What new law did the king make
after Daniel was saved from the lions? [verse 26]
2. Dramatize parts of the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, Daniel 6.
· Arrange for the children to present this drama during worship.
· Prepare the children well. Older children help younger ones prepare.
· Older children or adults play these parts:
Narrator Summarize the story and help children recall what to say and do.
King. Have a paper labeled in large letters, King’s Ruling. Daniel
Younger children play these parts:
Lions Walk on hands and knees and growl.
Angel Holds a cloth.
Tell the first part of the story, Daniel 6:1-10. Then
(One shouts) “The king makes Daniel more important than we
Hand the officials the paper, King’s Ruling.
Stand on a chair and pretend to open a window; bow and say,
Tell the second part of the story from Daniel 6:11-18.
(Some say) “Oh, king, Daniel still prays to his God.”
“Oh, no! I do not want to do that; Daniel is a good man.
Soldiers Gently throw Daniel to the lions.
Lions Growl loudly.
Tell the third part of story from Daniel 6:19-22.
Cover the mouth of a lion with the cloth. Say,
Lions Walk around Daniel and then lie down and sleep.
“Finally it is morning!”
Daniel “Yes. God’s angel shut the mouths of the lions.”
Tell the fourth part of the story from Daniel 6:23-28.
“I am so happy!
Soldiers Throw the officials down among the lions.
Lions Growl and attack the officials.
Thank all who helped with the drama to teach
3. If the children present this drama for the adults then let them ask the adults the questions under #1 above, about Daniel and his prayer.
4. Ask the children:
“What are other times when we
must pray faithfully?
5. Draw or show a picture of a lion, and let the children copy it.
They can show their pictures to
the adults at the next worship time and explain that these illustrate
how we should be faithful in prayer even if people hate us for it.
6. Memorize 2 Thessalonians 3:2.
“We will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.”
7. Let three children each recite one of the verses from Psalm 57:4, 5 & 6.
8. Let an older child pray:
“Lord, you are powerful. You can shut the mouths of lions. We will always trust you. We will always pray to you, even when it is hard. Even if bad things happen to us, you will save us from eternal death. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
A drama showing how God saved Daniel’s faithful companions from a fiery furnace, 5 minutes: