Favour like Daniel

“At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food” (Daniel 1:15).

It was a mystery that Daniel and his friends looked better after ten days when they did not eat the meat and wine from the King’s table. It was their sacrifice that caused the favour of God to fall upon them. Favour caused their appearance to be more favourable than those who revelled in excesses. God will visibly manifest his grace towards us because of our sacrifice and praised to him. As we sacrifice our bodies to him, his grace will manifest through us.

It was grace that caused Daniel to have influence with the Chief of the Eunuchs who agreed to Daniel’s request not to eat the meat and drink the wine. This was even though the Chief feared the King and was worried that if their appearance was worst off that this could cost him his head (Daniel 1:10).

Nevertheless he trusted Daniel’s word and agreed to test what he had said for 10 days. And in the end their appearance was better. Not only did Daniel and his friends look better in appearance, they stood out in other areas over their peers. “And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom” (Daniel 1:20).

We pray for favour that our appearance will be like that of Daniel and his friends. Favour will cause us to stand out among others and God will cause us to have influence. God will cause us to walk in dominion so that even when we are asking for what maybe outside of the norm, the answer will be yes.


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