Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014 “Panic or Prayer?”

“So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death….Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2: 13, 19)

Good Morning My Dear friends!

I am so appreciative of the capabilities available to me through the Internet. The very fact that I may share these daily posts on my understanding of the power and importance of prayer with those of you who choose to follow this blog absolutely astounds me. But I am also aware that just as it can be a tool for great good and vast communication, it can also be used by the Enemy for deception. As I have been reading the Book of Daniel, I am intrigued by the whole topic of “Dream Interpretation.” In the day of King Nebuchadnezzar, astrologers were often consulted to interpret dreams. There are still those today who claim to possess such ability. You can even find such “practitioners” on the internet. None, however, were ever challenged so dramatically as was Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream and wanted it explained…but he had also demanded that the dream interpreters of his day also tell him the dream he had! When they could not, he threatened to execute every “wise man”, every dream interpreter, in the kingdom. Daniel was one of those, and his execution was ordered. Faced with this threat, Daniel, a wise man, did a wise thing…he called on his friends to join him in prayer. He found himself at a crisis point…but rather than shrinking back in fear, he confidently trusted that God would reveal to him all the king demanded to know. Daniel found his three friends and they prayed. God revealed the dream and its meaning to Daniel and not only was his life spared, but the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts of him. All the while, Daniel used this as an opportunity to glorify God and give the credit to Him.

When you find yourself in a tight spot, follow Daniel’s example. Share your needs with trusted friends who also believe in God’s power. Prayer is much more effective than panic. Panic only confirms your hopelessness, while prayer confirms your hope in God. Daniel’s hope in God saved him and his friends, and all the other “wise men” of Babylon. As we pray today, let’s pray Daniel’s prayer of praise at God’s goodness and faithfulness. Let’s pray!

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.  He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise  and knowledge to the discerning.He reveals deep and hidden things;  he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power,you have made known to me what we asked of you,  you have made known to us the dream of the king.” Amen!

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