The Difference Maker
"Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, about the matter, in order that they might request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon." Daniel 2:17-18
Daniel and his friends were in a tough spot. King Nebuchadnezzar had a very troublesome dream. He called on his pagan Babylonian seers and soothsayers to tell him both the dream and its interpretation. When they could not – “Only gods could do that,” they said – Nebuchadnezzar got really angry. He ordered that all the wise men of Babylon be killed. And this death sentence including innocent Daniel and his three Hebrew friends, Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshach (Mishael) and Abed-nego (Azariah). Talk about some bad news.
Daniel and the boys were in trouble with a capital T. Death was imminent and seemingly unavoidable. What would they do? Would they worry and fret? Would they moan and groan? Would they try to run to save their hides? NO! They would call on the God of heaven. They would cry out to the only One who can make the difference in any situation. They prayed fervently and earnestly that night… and God answered.
God truly knows, cares, hears our prayers and answers in mighty power.
Because Daniel and the boys prayed, God intervened. Because God intervened, Daniel and his three friends were not executed. As a matter of fact, they were promoted! Isn’t that just like God? He takes the worst situations and turns them around for good when we walk with Him, trust Him, and PRAY! He truly is a Romans 8:28 God.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you in dire circumstances today and don’t know what to do? Are you facing cancer, or divorce, or a job loss, or financial reversal, or family turmoil, or a new normal that you didn’t want? Call on the God of heaven… and keep calling. He will answer you at the proper time. He loves you and promises to respond to our prayers (see Jeremiah 33:3). And when He answers, you will see and experience great and mighty things from His good and gracious hand.
Prayer really does change things because God answers prayer!
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Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.
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