Prayer and Praising God (Daniel 2:17-30)

Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;

wisdom and power are his.

21   He changes times and seasons;

he sets up kings and deposes them.

He gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to the discerning.

22   He reveals deep and hidden things;

he knows what lies in darkness,

and light dwells with him.

23   I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:

You have given me wisdom and power,

you have made known to me what we asked of you,

you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

 

24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”

25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.”

26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these:

29 “As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.

Learn it:

            Daniel is the midst of a life and death situation.  He has told the Kings men that he would be able to reveal and interpret what the King’s dream was.  His first reaction was to get us friends together and pray.  They probably prayed until Daniel received from God what he was looking for.  Once he did find out what it was the sang this beautiful psalm of thanksgiving.  They were recognizing God for his power, majesty and how good he is.  Oh, that we could pray that psalm to the Lord. 

            Once he finished praising God, he went to the King and was able to reveal to him what he wanted to know about his dream.  In the beginning of the conversation Daniel made sure to give the glory to God.  No man is able to know another man’s dreams without the help of God.  It would have been easy for Daniel to take the credit, but he was humble and wanted God to have the glory. 

Live it:

            Have you ever faced a task that seemed impossible?  What would be your first step in getting it accomplished?  Daniel had the impossible task of telling someone what the dreamt.  This led him to get people together and pray.  It’s a beautiful picture of believers coming together and seeking God in prayer in someone’s time of need.  When they felt that God has given them an answer the gave the praise back to him!  Before the situation was resolved they were praising God. 

            The next time you’re at work and you are given a project that seems over your head, pray and ask God for wisdom.  If you are at home raising kids, ask God for strength and patience to know how to raise them.  Whatever situation you are in find the time to pray and if you are able ask others to join you in prayer.  When He answers, give Him praise.  Even if it seems like He didn’t answer, praise Him anyway because He is with you! God will give you the strength for any situation and we should in turn give him the glory for it. 


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