January 2015

My Strength and My Shield: A Drama to read as a Family.

Here's a family drama great to use at devotions. The children could be the narrators and Daniel. The narrators could encourage the family beforehand and during the reading to play the character of the evil plotters with passion.

 

Narrator 1:       Darius the new king set up his new kingdom.

                        He liked Daniel.

                        Daniel was a good man, and every day Daniel prayed to God.

Daniel:            My God is my strength and my shield.

Narrator1:        The king liked Daniel and put him in charge of the whole kingdom.

Narrator 2:       But other officials were jealous.

                        Other leaders were angry.

                        They wanted to be in charge of the whole kingdom.

                        They decided to trick Daniel and the king.

Family: YOU’D BETTER LISTEN. YOU’D BETTER BOW DOWN AND PRAY.

Narrator 2:      They made a new rule that even the king couldn’t change.

                        The king thought it was great.

                        For the next thirty days, everyone had to bow down and pray to the king.

                        If they didn’t bow down and pray,

                        The king would have them thrown down into the lions’ den.

Family: YOU’D BETTER LISTEN. YOU’D BETTER BOW DOWN AND PRAY.

Narrator 1 :     But Daniel did not bow down.

                        He kept praying to his God,

                        Just like he always did.

Daniel:            My God is my strength and my shield.

Narrator 1:      Every day Daniel went to his room.

                        Three times a day he prayed.

                        He got down on his knees and thanked God for taking care of him.

Daniel:            My God is my strength and my shield.

Narrator 2:      The other officials saw Daniel praying to his God.

                        They hurried to tell the king.

                        “Oh king, didn’t you say:

Family: YOU’D BETTER LISTEN. YOU’D BETTER BOW DOWN AND PRAY.

Narrator 2:      “Yes,” said King Darius,

                        “and if they didn’t bow down and pray,

                        they would be thrown into the lions’ den.”

                        The other leaders smiled.

                        They had tricked the king and Daniel.

                        “Oh King,” they said,

Family: DANIEL DOES NOT BOW DOWN AND PRAY TO YOU.

                        HE MUST BE THROWN INTO THE LIONS’ DEN.”

Narrator 1:      The other officials brought Daniel to the king.

                        Before Daniel went into the lions’ den,

                        the king in tears said,

                        “Daniel, I hope your faithful God will save you.”

                        Daniel looked at the king and smiled.

Daniel:            My God is my strength and my shield.

Narrator 2:      Daniel went into the lions’ den.

                        The opening was covered all up.

                        The other leaders were happy that their evil plan had worked.

                        They said:

Family: WE TOLD YOU:

                        YOU’D BETTER LISTEN. YOU’D BETTER BOW DOWN AND PRAY.

Narrator 1:      The king was awake all night.

                        He couldn’t sleep.

                        He was worried about Daniel.

                        In the morning, he quickly ran to the lions’ den.

                       He called, “Daniel, did your God save you from the lions?”

                        And Daniel replied,

Daniel:            My God is my strength and my shield.

Narrator 1:      And King Darius said that all the people

                        should bow down and pray to Daniel’s God.

                        Across the kingdom, all the people said,

All:                  “Daniel’s God is our strength and our shield.”

Narrator 1:      Today, like Daniel, let us all proclaim:

All:                  “Our God is our strength and our shield.”

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