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The Power of Prayer: The Story of Daniel in the Lions’ Den

By Mormon.org
A man and woman kneeling and praying.

The Bible teaches us the story of Daniel. Daniel was an obedient, honest, and faith-filled man. He “was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him” (Daniel 6:3). He loved and followed God. There were men who were jealous of Daniel and wanted him killed. These men convinced the king to pass a law that anyone found praying to God would be thrown into a den of lions. When the law was passed, Daniel did not let this shake his faith. He continued to pray night and day to God. 

Though our Father in Heaven is happy to hear from us, His children, at all times, Daniel showed us the importance of consistent prayer. Prayer is not just there when we are in trouble, pain, or fear. Prayer is a tool we have at all times to communicate with God. God wants to hear from us daily. He wants to hear from us when we’re happy, when things are going well, as well as when we are discouraged. Prayer opens up communication with God. Through prayer we share our desires and show God our need for His guidance. 

Daniel showed us the power of daily prayer, which is even more powerful when combined with faith and obedience. Even after the law was passed prohibiting anyone from praying, Daniel continued to pray to God. His prayer didn’t just come in a moment of despair, and he didn’t allow the judgment of man to persuade his faith. He was confident in his belief and firm in his resolve to worship God. 

Daniel was found praying and, as the law stated, was thrown into a den of lions. God saved Daniel’s life and protected him from the lions. The lions’ mouths were shut, and Daniel was not harmed. 

Our experiences with prayer may not be as dramatic as that of Daniel, but they are still life changing. Missionaries can teach you more about prayer and how communication with God can help you in your life. Request a visit from missionaries here.