Monday, June 2, 2014

39. Daniel & his 3 friends seek mercy from God

Time:  604 BC
Place: King Nebuchadnezzar Palace
Scripture: Daniel 2:15-23

Read Daniel 2:17-23.  I highlighted in RED the important words:

15 He declared to Arioch, the king's captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel.

16 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king.

17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 

18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon

19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 

20 Daniel answered and said:

Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever,
    to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 He changes times and seasons;
    he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what is in the darkness,
    and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my fathers,
    I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
    and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
    for you have made known to us the king's matter.”

This was a time of crisis for the King.
Look at how Daniel handled one crisis to another.
He did not hide with fear and ran away.
Daniel dared to speak up in faith.

Often our ministry is also met with one crisis after another.
We must have the boldness from above to solve one crisis to another.

Daniel was fearless and suggested to the raging king to give him time so that he could show the king the dream.  Why did Daniel make that request?  Obviously Daniel needed to join in prayer with his 3 friends to pray together to seek God's mercy to answer this request.

Daniel knew God could reveal the mystery to them if they waited on God.

Back in Daniel 1:17, "As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel knew the spiritual power of oneness to get through to God so he went back to pray with his 3 companions.  Here is the precious lesson we can learn together. Though God had given Daniel this gift, but he knew the first priority was to commune with God, not alone, but together in one heart with his 3 friends.  They got on their knees to plead for God's mercy.

When we are in a situation of crisis, let us remember to go on our knees to get God's help and not to  human aid.  Let us remember not to take our troubles and dump them onto people, but together to pray for God to solve the crisis at hand.  Let us learn to go to God always in prayer.

Are you facing a crisis on hand?

Pray to God and plead His mercy.
Find his servants to pray together in one heart to seek mercy from God.

God will surely answer as He had answered Daniel's and their friends' prayers.


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