READ : Daniel 2:12-30
Faced with a life-threatening situation Daniel calls a prayer meeting. A prayer meeting!! Like Jesus in the Garden, Daniel summons his fellow believers to prayer. And then what does he do? He goes to bed. Maybe he understood Psalm 4 better than we do. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (v. 8, kjv). How many answers to our desperate cries have come while we were sleeping!
There is no time to lose. But Daniel does not go rushing to Ariel, the king’s captain. His top priority is to offer praise and thanks to God. If, on Sunday morning, your preacher began his pastoral prayer with these words (vv. 20-23), imagine how your heart would leap. Read them out loud again as your personal prayer to God.
Then, only then, after giving praise, does he request an interview with the king. Standing before Nebuchadnezzar, he takes absolutely no credit for his words but points up to heaven with humble words of witness, “There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” This teenager knows God.
You are more ready to answer us, Lord, than we are to pray. Teach us from this text to lift our needs before you and then to go away in peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.