Nebuchadnezzar had dreams. Troubling dreams. The kind you only remember because it was troubling. The kind that makes you call every smart person you know to tell you the dream and it’s meaning.
The trouble is: smart people are not mind readers.
With much pomp I’m sure, they reported back, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter.”
No man on earth?
Nebuchadnezzar was furiously angry and ordered the death of all the smart people, presuming they were lying to him.
One man said, “wait, I’ll get the interpretation, I just need time.”
Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions. That they might seek ______ (what ?) from the God of heaven concerning this secret.
What would you pray for?
I’ve asked this of a number of believers. Some say, “the answer”. Some say, “Oh Save!” Others might even say, “thy will be done”. We can paraphrase these requests as: wisdom, deliverance and peace.
Here’s the thing. They prayed-for mercy. They prayed for pity from God. The first recorded prayer meeting in Scripture was for mercy!
Why would they do that?
They were purposing not to defile themselves. Their lives are on the line with a humanly speaking impossible task. Yet, the reason they were in captivity was because of sin. Israel was divided and defeated because of sin.
Mercy is in order.
Knowing we are in an age of grace, it is still invaluable to acknowledge sin and pray for mercy from God.