Read Daniel 3:1 through 4:37; 1 Peter 3:1–22
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander (1 Peter 3:15–16).
It sounds like Peter may have had in mind the four Jewish young men who served in a pagan king’s court. Whether refusing to bow to an idol or interpreting dreams, Daniel and his friends were always courteous even while living openly for the one true God. Nebuchadnezzar could give them Babylonian names and positions, but they remained unswervingly and unashamedly Jewish in thought, speech, and action.
When everyone else was bowing before the king’s idol, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego literally stood out in the crowd.
What do God’s people today do? Do their actions cause others to see their faith and ask why they are different?
Challenge for Today: Think back to your conversations this last week and evaluate whether anyone listening would think you are a Christian.
Quicklook: 1 Peter 3:13–17
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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.
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