Daniel Was Separated From His Family
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility, the young men. Daniel 1:1-3
Unfortunately, there is a long history of nations separating families. When Babylon took over Judah, one of the things that the king of Babylon did was to break up the ruling families and take the young, impressionable kids back to Babylon to teach them how to be Babylonian.
The rest of the book of Daniel records how God was with one of the young refugees who had been resettled in a land not his own. Time and time again, Daniel cried out to God - not only for his own life, but for his people. Time and time again God came through for Daniel.
Join the biblical tradition today of praying for families that have been separated - by wars, by political regimes, by immigration, by incarceration. Pray for God's provision for the children, God's encouragement for the parents, God's wisdom for those in power, and God's justice to set things right.