“Lesson 42: Daniel in the Lions’ Den,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 185–88
“Lesson 42,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 185–88
To help each child understand the value of daily prayer.
Daniel 6:4–9—King Darius makes a decree that the people may not petition anyone but the king.
Daniel 6:10–17—Daniel prays in defiance of King Darius’s decree and is thrown into a den of lions.
Daniel 6:18–24—King Darius fasts. Daniel is not harmed by the lions.
Daniel 6:25–27—King Darius testifies of God.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
A Bible for each child.
Picture 6-13, Daniel in the Lions’ Den (Gospel Art Picture Kit 117; 62096).
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Have the children think of situations when they have been or might be persecuted for living the gospel, such as being teased for refusing to listen to a vulgar joke or not joining in a certain activity on the Sabbath day. Have them give suggestions for handling such situations.
Using the chalkboard or a large piece of paper, have the children make a list of what they could pray for (see Alma 34:18–27). Then have them list what they are thankful for. Emphasize the importance of gratitude in prayer. Encourage the children to recognize and thank Heavenly Father daily for their blessings.
Instead of listing these items, you may wish to bring a narrow-necked bottle and toothpicks or small sticks. Have each child say one thing that he or she could either pray for or show gratitude for and place a toothpick across the top of the bottle. Continue until the toothpicks fall.
Have the children decide what they could do in situations such as the following. Remind them of Daniel’s prayers and King Darius’s fast:
You hear your mother up in the night with your sick brother.
You become separated from your family in a crowd.
A friend shows you a magazine that contains vulgar pictures.
You are discouraged about your grades in school.
Someone in your ward or branch is seriously ill.
Explain that prayer, fasting, and doing what we can to help are all important ways we can deal with problems.
Discuss the importance of daily prayer. Have the children think of times they might pray. You may wish to have the children list on the chalkboard what they might ask for and be thankful for in their prayers. Be sure to include prayers during Primary class in the discussion and to encourage the children to pray for those who are not in attendance. Emphasize the importance of always expressing gratitude for blessings, asking for the Lord’s help throughout the day, and praying with our families whenever possible.
Sing or read the words to “I Love to Pray” (Children’s Songbook, p. 25), “I Pray in Faith” (Children’s Songbook, p. 14), or verse 8 of “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, p. 110).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.