Today's reading: Daniel 1-3
....and told them to seek mercy from God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions with the rest of the wise men of Babylon might not perish. Daniel 2:18 NRSV
The King of Babylon is mad because no one will tell him what his dream was nor interpret it. In fact, the reason for his anger is that his advisers said they could interpret but he figured that they were just going to lie about it. The king plans to put all the wise men to death unless someone comes forward to do as he asks. I am finding it hard to get the logic with this decision. Won't he be out of wise persons to advise him if he carries this out?
Daniel is among the king's wise advisers. Daniel needs God's help to tell the king what he wants to know and save many lives, including his own. To get God's help, Daniel asks his three friends to be praying on his behalf.
They pray on his behalf, and Daniel receives knowledge and wisdom from God. He is able to tell the king what he dreamed and the meaning of his dream. He not only saves his life and the life of the other advisers, but gets a great promotion at court as well.
What prayer requests have you recently given to others and clearly received God's mercy as a result? Is there anyone you know who might request a prayer from you?
God, have mercy on us and bless us. Cause your face to shine upon us and grant us your peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims