Daniel. If there was ever a missionary’s hero, it’s this guy. He didn’t actually sign up for missions—he was just a captive college kid. But God gifted him with exactly what he would need for his lifetime of service in the mission field of Babylon: intelligence, influence, health, and even good looks. But most importantly, God gifted Daniel with faith, and Daniel chose to stay faithful. This is what actually made the difference between Daniel, along with his three friends, and the rest of the captive college kids. This is what saved their lives (and the lives of all the other advisers in the kingdom) when Daniel told the king his dream and its meaning. This is what gave Daniel political and spiritual influence in the most powerful kingdom of the known world at that time.
Yet, whether promoted or thrown in a lion’s den because of some shady politics, Daniel never lost sight of his mission. Although he learned a new language and culture, and was surrounded by the best of Babylon, he never forgot his homeland or his God. And Daniel’s God clearly did not forget him.
When you read Daniel’s story, you have to recognize where his power came from: a life of prayer. Not just prayer for his safety or peace—but prayers for his mission. Not just defense, but offense. He prayed for the king of Babylon, and Nebuchadnezzar was converted. He prayed for the future of God’s people and their journey home, and God revealed His plans far beyond Daniel’s generation.
God has so much power to give if we are willing to ask. What limits do we have when we are friends with an unlimited God? The hearts of students; the inadequacy of teachers; the brokenness of administrators, pastors, or co-workers; the illness or injury; the homesickness; the depression or anxiety; the temptation that haunts us even in the mission field; and even our own pride to which we are blinded—nothing is impossible for our God! The way understand and utilize prayer will determine your ability to believe that.
Remember your God. Remember your Homeland. Stay faithful to your mission, wherever you are called.
“Don’t be afraid…for you are deeply loved by God. Be at peace, take heart and be strong.” Dan. 10:19 (NLT)
*Once or twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written by Andrea Keele and sent on Sept. 7, 2015.