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Under God’s Protective Care

By Greg Laurie

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 

Hebrews 11:32–33

What would you do if a law forbidding prayer were passed in our nation tomorrow? Would you still give thanks over your meal in a restaurant? Would you still pray in your home?

Daniel was a godly man who lived in Judah, but he had been carried away captive to the king’s palace in Babylon. Daniel was so wise that the king came to really rely on him as an adviser, which aroused the anger and jealousy of the king’s other counselors.

They wanted Daniel out, but they couldn’t find even a hint of scandal in his life. They did know one thing about Daniel, however. He prayed openly three times a day. So they persuaded the king to sign a decree that no one could pray to any God except the king, and it was made into law.

Daniel knew about it, but he prayed anyway. In fact, he opened his windows as if to say, “You want to know if I’m praying? Check it out. I’m going to pray like I always do.”

Even the king couldn’t overrule the law, so Daniel was thrown into a den of lions. Interestingly, the king was up all night. He couldn’t sleep, but Daniel slept like a baby. Maybe Daniel propped up his head on one of the lions. “Come over here, Simba. Your belly looks like a good pillow. And I’m going to prop my feet up on Leo over here and have a nice nap.”

Meanwhile, the king was stressed out. He really liked Daniel, so he showed up early the next morning to check on him. And he found Daniel alive and well.

Christians are indestructible until God is done with them. God sent His angels to deliver Daniel. And God will send His angels to deliver you.


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