It is possible that a friend may envy you because you get good grades, you have brand-name shoes, you are good looking, or you are good at sports . . .
At first, that feeling is not bad, because it can be admiration and good friends admire and respect each other. However, when envy becomes a constant thought, it ends up tearing the friendship apart and making the envious person bitter. Envy makes people change and say and do things that hurt others and especially themselves.
That happened to the prophet Daniel when Darius, the king of Babylon, appointed him as governor of the entire empire. Darius admired Daniel because he was smarter and more respectful than the other governors. He liked to talk to him and ask him for advice like a friend. However, the other governors were envious of Daniel and they set a trap for him. They convinced King Darius to sign a royal edict, or law, to prohibit anyone from praying to any god or man except the king. Whoever did not obey this edict would be thrown into the lion’s den.
Darius was flattered by that proposal and signed it without remembering that his friend Daniel worshiped the Cod of heaven three times a day. Daniel opened his window three times a day, knelt down to pray, and praised the Lord.
When Darius realized it was a trap, he could no longer change that law. That is why Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s den. His enemies were happy, while King Darius was sad.
Do you know how the story ends? Read Daniel 6, and write what happened to Daniel and his enemies in your Prayer Journal.