Our Unchanging, Loving God
From Pride to Insanity - Part 1

Don't Forget God

      20 Daniel answered and said:
      “ Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
      For wisdom and might are His.
       21 And He changes the times and the seasons;
      He removes kings and raises up kings;
      He gives wisdom to the wise
      And knowledge to those who have understanding.
       22 He reveals deep and secret things;
      He knows what is in the darkness,
      And light dwells with Him.
       23 “ I thank You and praise You,
      O God of my fathers;
      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 demand.”

                        - Daniel 2:20-23 (NKJV)

Daniel was really thankful to God that He gave Daniel the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream.  Oh, how history would have been changed had it not been for God's intervention!  :)  Daniel and friends would have been killed before we got to see them in the fiery furnace and the lion's den.  Thank God for intercessory prayer.

Daniel was definitely not so caught up in his successes (education, good looks, lineage) that he did not seek God.  If he was,  when asked by Nebuchadnezzar to interpret the dream, he might have relied upon his own skill set to provide the answer.  Instead of giving the king a quick answer, he asked for some time, went back to his house and asked his companions to pray.

Daniel 2:17-19  Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:  That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.  Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.  Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Oh, the power of intercessory prayer and the power of praying with someone else for our needs.  I know that some of my best and most fervent prayer times have occurred when praying with my sisters in Christ.

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