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Daniel keeps praying

Daniel prays and God delivers him from the lions' den.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish
A long time ago, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, set off with his army. He defeated many nations and brought back prisoners. Among the places he invaded and he took prisoners was the city of Jerusalem. – Slide 1
One of these prisoners was a young man called Daniel. He was sad. He did not want to leave his home. – Slide 2
On the way to Babylon the soldiers told the prisoners to sing for them. ‘Sing us one of your happy Jewish songs!’ they said. – Slide 3
‘How can we sing?’ the prisoners replied, ‘We are being forced to live in a foreign land!’ – Slide 4
Daniel was a good man. He was very wise, and very sensible. The king of Babylon liked him. – Slide 5
‘I have chosen you to be one of my special servants!’ said the king.<br/>‘I will do my best,’ Daniel replied. – Slide 6
Daniel was a very good servant. He was so good, the king promoted him. – Slide 7
Some of the king’s other servants were jealous. ‘How come Daniel gets promoted?’ they asked. – Slide 8
The jealous servants decided to try and get rid of Daniel. So they watched Daniel carefully to see if he made any mistakes they could report to the king. – Slide 9
But Daniel was hard working and honest. He didn’t make mistakes and served the king well every day. – Slide 10
The jealous servants made up a nasty plan. ‘We’ll trick the king into killing Daniel!’ they said. They had noticed that he prayed to God three times each day. – Slide 11
They went to the king. ‘We want a new law in Babylon!’ they said. – Slide 12
‘Whenever anyone prays, they must only pray to the King for the next thirty days!’ – Slide 13
The king was flattered and said, ‘I like that law!’ He wanted everyone to pray and worship him. – Slide 14
‘Anyone who doesn’t pray to me, will be thrown to the hungry lions!’ the king ordered. – Slide 15
As soon as the law was made, the jealous servants watched Daniel to see what he would do. Would he dare pray to God? – Slide 16
Daniel knew that it was wrong to pray to anybody or anything but the Lord God. – Slide 17
So Daniel continued to pray three times a day to God. He even opened his windows wide so it was no secret to anyone that he was praying. – Slide 18
‘We’ve trapped him!’ the jealous servants exclaimed. They went straight to the king. – Slide 19
‘Daniel is praying to his God and not the king,’ they reported, ‘He is breaking your new law and you must throw him to the lions!’ – Slide 20
The king liked Daniel and did not want him to die. ‘You have tricked me into making a law that I cannot change!’ said the king. He was very, very angry with Daniel’s enemies. – Slide 21
But the law was made, and the king had to keep it. He ordered that Daniel be arrested. – Slide 22
‘I’m so sorry about this!’ said the king to Daniel, ‘I don’t want you to die in the lion’s den but I have no choice.’ – Slide 23
‘Don’t worry,’ said Daniel. ‘My God is able to keep me safe, even down there with the hungry lions!’ – Slide 24
The soldiers dropped Daniel through the entrance into the lions’ den. The lid was sealed again so he could not escape. Then king went back to his house feeling very sad… – Slide 25
That night the troubled king could not sleep. He felt terrible about what he had done to his friend. – Slide 26
The next morning the king ran to the lions’ den. ‘Was Daniel still alive?’ Surely the lions had eaten him. – Slide 27
The lid was lifted and the king called down. ‘Daniel! Did your God keep you safe?’ – Slide 28
‘Yes my God kept me safe,’ came the reply. ‘He sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions.’ – Slide 29
‘Pull Daniel out of the den at once!’ the king ordered. Daniel was very pleased to be out of the hole. – Slide 30
Then the king turned to the jealous servants. ‘You tricked me into throwing my friend Daniel to the lions!’ he said, ‘I have a nasty surprise for you.’ – Slide 31
‘Throw these wicked men to the lions!’ the king demanded. The jealous servants were hurled into the den, where the hungry lions immediately devoured them. – Slide 32
Then the king made a new law. ‘From now on,’ he commanded, ‘Everyone must worship the God that Daniel worships!’ – Slide 33
‘Daniel’s God is the One True God. His kingdom will last forever. Everyone must worship only this God!’ – Slide 34
Daniel was pleased. God had answered his prayer - even in the land of Babylon. He had trusted the Lord and been kept safe. – Slide 35
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