Devotional

“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”Daniel 6:10. 

One of the greatest challenges in understanding God’s vision and plan for our lives is reconciling the relationship between God’s part and our part in that vision. But even if we don’t fully understand the balance, we can certainly focus on doing what God has instructed us to do in His Word. There is something that every one of us can do in 2019. 

Each one of us should ask this question: do you believe that God has things that He would like to do in/through you in 2019? And secondly,  do you also believe that you have to be prepared if you want God to do those things in/through you in 2019? 

A quick read of the Bible will reveal examples where the Lord chose to do something significant in/through the lives of one of His servants.  God continues to use people today. The question is are we prepared for what God choose to do in/through us this year. Look. at the example of Daniel. 

A powerful king is so impacted by the life of one of his servants that he makes a proclamation throughout the entire empire that the God of Israel is the Living God whose kingdom will not be destroyed and whose dominion will be forever. Daniel actually served several different kings, but the one who made this incredible proclamation was Darius. This proclamation was made because of what happened the night before in the lion’s den. What if God wanted to do something like that in your life this year? What if God put you right in the middle of a difficult trial just so that He could put His power on display in a way that cause the people around you to make a decision in their hearts to trust the Lord? 

God was able to use Daniel in this way because of the way Daniel had chosen to previously live.The king was about to appoint Daniel to be the leader of the entire nation, so the other politicians tried to find a way to discredit Daniel. But they couldn’t

Remember Daniel 6:10: Daniel had no idea when this particular year that all these events would unfold. All he knew was to be faithful and to be prepared spiritually for what might happen. he needed to be prepared to do his part and then trust God to do His. So here is the $64,000 question: what would “being prepared spiritually” for what God may choose to do in/through you this year look like?And what do we need to do to ensure we are prepared? 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does being prepared spiritually mean to you? 
  2. What can we do this week to prepare for what God may want to so in/through us this year?