Daniel in the Lions' Den

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“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not harmed me” (Daniel 6:22).

The story of Daniel in the lions’ den is a beautiful illustration of trust in the Lord. Daniel was in the habit of praying to the Lord three times each day, and he continued this practice even though a new law prohibited it. The consequence was being put in a den of ferocious lions, but the Lord protected Daniel and sent an angel to close the mouths of the lions.

The Story

Read the story from Daniel 6.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den Retold
A simpler version of the story for younger children.

Ideas for discussion

  1. Daniel did what was right even though the punishment would be going into a den of lions. What gave Daniel such courage? (He trusted in the Lord. And he knew that he had not done anything wrong.)
  2. How did King Darius feel? (He hoped that Daniel’s God would protect him, but he was too worried to sleep or eat.)
  3. What happened to the men who had tricked Darius and plotted against Daniel? (Darius punished the people who tried to have Daniel hurt. Evil actions have a way of bringing punishment back to the perpetrators.)
  4. Why do we need protection from the Lord as Daniel did? (The lions in this story picture the power of evil. Like Daniel needing protection from fierce lions, we need the Lord’s help to be saved from evil and false ideas that would tear us apart. We need to look to the Lord and follow Him so the Lord can protect us.)

Read more about the story of Daniel and the lions’ den:

Projects and activities

He is the living God, and steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,
And His dominion shall endure to the end.
He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions (Daniel 6:26-27).

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