He made matters known to them

Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 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.  Daniel 2:17-18

After Daniel asked Arioch to set up an appointment with Nebuchadnezzar the first thing he does is to enlist his friends to pray for God’s help in the task of finding out Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and then interpreting the dream. That is one of the many ways I differ from Daniel in how I handle problems. Too often while I will pray for God’s help, I fail to enlist my brothers and sisters to pray on my behalf.

I guess I tend to think that my problems are too small to bother others. I read prayer request and they all seem so much more urgent than my issues and I just don’t want to bother anyone else. And yes. My problems are nowhere near the problem Daniel was facing. Yet when I keep my prayer request to myself I am missing out on something special.

Daniel could have prayed by himself and I am sure God would have answered Daniel’s prayer. What Daniel did was bring in his friends into the process. He trusted them to pray in concert with himself. He put the community that God placed around Daniel into use and in doing so not only made God pleased but allowed his friends to become involved in God’s work.

When Jesus taught His disciple to pray He did not do so one at a time but taught them as a group. Then when Jesus went to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion He did not go alone but ask Hi disciples to come with Him and pray. When we pray for others or ask other to pray for us we are imitating Jesus.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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