January 11, 2016

Read Daniel 1:1-7

The “beautiful people” seem to succeed at whatever they attempt, don’t they? If a man wants to be successful in business, he needs to be tall, fit, and have a full head of hair. Just yesterday, I read an article that said restaurants reserve the most visible tables for the most attractive patrons. 

Apparently, not much has changed over the last. . . several thousand . . . years! King Nebuchadnezzar chose to be served only by unblemished, good-looking, bright young men. What, at first glance, seemed to be a blessing, put those young men in a potentially compromising position. Because of their appearance and intellect, they were chosen to be brain-washed into the Babylonian way of life.

Are you guilty of judging a book by its cover? Don’t look at the outward appearance and assume it tells the whole story. As we’re going to learn, there was more to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah than just a pretty face.


Beginning 2016 with Prayer

Pray God’s Names

We all have different names at different times. My parents call me “son,” my wife calls me “Charlie” (when I’m being good), my children call me “dad” and my church calls me “Pastor Charles.” I am not multiple people, I have multiple roles and character traits. Each of the names reveals more about who I am, what I do and how I relate to others. In like manner, the Bible reveals that God has many names. Each name of God helps us to understand, value, and worship Him even more. As we discover and get familiar with different names of God, we not only better recognize God for who He is, but we can relate to Him more personally and intimately. 

Psalm 91:1-2; Isaiah 40:28; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Daniel 4:37; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; John 8:12

As you strategically pray, remember to call out to God by His names. He loves to hear His children acknowledge Him for all He does and all He can do. “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”