Pastor Steve Thomas
- Read Daniel 6, taking special note of the characters and conflicts.
- What instigated the plot to bring down Daniel? What does the plot tell us about Daniel’s witness and the world’s reaction? (c.f. John 15:18-21)
- Daniel seemed to have favor and be hated by the leadership (and people?) of Babylon. What might be wrong in our practice of the Christian faith if people are either always offended or never offended by us?
- What does the nature of the conspirators’ plot reveal about Daniel’s spiritual life?
- Read verse 10 carefully. Is Daniel doing something unusual and flashy, or habitual and private? How does this help us understand displaying God’s grace?
- Where was Daniel looking when he prayed? How do you think his posture and view helped him be a humble servant and willing resistor? (c.f. Jer. 29:11; 1 Kings 8:46-53; Col. 3:1-4) How can you apply this to your prayer life?
Spiritual Exercise: Jesus said that we are blessed when persecuted for His name’s sake and in danger when all people speak well of us. Jesus calls us to be salt and light in the world and prays for our protection from the evil one in the world. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you may need to stop hiding from, or yelling at, the world, in order to influence the people in your world with Gods’ love. Keep in step.