Background: The prophet Daniel was taken captive as a youth and brought to Babylon to be trained as an advisor for the king. He prophesied during the Judah’s 70 year exile in Babylon. He confronted pagan king’s regarding God’s worldwide rule, interpreted dreams and foretold the future.
Daniel was a man of many visions from God. What prepared Daniel to be this man of vision?
Ask the children…
What were the things that Daniel had been doing before the visions came to him?
“When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks. 3 All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.” (Daniel 10:2, 3)
Daniel was in mourning for his people and for the glory of God. God’s people were in slavery in Babylon and the nations were laughing at a God who couldn’t keep His people in their own land. Daniel knew that God had a larger plan in all of this and decided to fast for a time from rich foods, meat, wine and the use of lotions on his body. All this because of his anguish. Then God brought Daniel the visions of the future God had planned for His poeople.
Ask your children what they are willing to do to commit their lives to finding out God’s will for them and following it? Fasting can take all sorts of forms as Daniel’s did. It could be for a certain period time not eating certain foods or drinks or not playing certain games, reducing the amount of time on the TV or computer. The purpose of this is to remind ourselves that we want to know God’s will more than we want these certain things. Then cry out to God and ask for His direction.
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