1 John 5:14–15– Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Daniel 2:1-23

In the above scripture, the King of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, and he wanted the wise men to not only interpret the dream but tell him the dream he had. When none of the wise men could do as he asked, he gave a command that they all be destroyed.

Now Daniel was one of the wise men, and when he heard the command given by the King, he went boldly to the king and asked him for time that he might tell both the dream and its interpretation.  What a confidence in his prayer and his God.

He went home and called his companions together, and they sought God concerning the matter, and God revealed the secret to Daniel in a night vision. That was how the lives of the wise men of Babylon were saved. Prayer save lives. Prayer save nations.

Daniel looked to the Father for strength to fulfill His will. In doing so, he not only acknowledged Him as the ultimate one, but he showed that he was mindful of God. If praying was not a way of life to Daniel, he would not have even suggested to the King to give him time. Even though Daniel lived in the Old Testament times, he had the New Testament heart.

Again, it was the same Daniel that was caught practising the act of praying after the order was given that none should offer prayer to any god. Daniel knew that his God was not any god and he also knew that he was able to save even if anything happened.

Daniel 6:10 – Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows opened towards Jerusalem , he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before His God as was his custom since early days.

Now you will observe that Daniel wasn’t praying to tempt them, he was doing so as a part of his life from early childhood. Prayer should become a habit that one has great regards for knowing who we are communicating with.

Daniel obviously had fellowship with  and confidence in the God he served so much that he was willing to place his life on the line, knowing that if he sought God’s face, he would be heard and in so doing, he would be working in God’s will by revealing Him to the King as the one who reveals deep and secret things.

A life that is in agreement with God’s will is the one that involves the continuous act of prayer.

For further Study

Daniel 1:1-23

Personal declaration for the day

From today, I will make prayer a lifestyle.

Questions for you to reflect on

How prayerful are you?

Is prayer a blessing or a burden to you?