“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. During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven…” (Daniel 2:17-19)
What a beautiful account of trust in the Lord our God. Faced with death, Daniel and his friends turn to their God for help. That is what it was, a shout of “Help!” This is one shout, and prayer, the Lord wants to hear. Daniel does not cry alone, however. He informs his friends and asks them to pray for “mercy.”
This is another prayer that our God wants to hear. In this situation Daniel and his friends were able to be at peace, even peace with possible death, while praying for Divine intervention through God’s mercy. That mercy came in a miraculous way. Daniel was given the gift of knowing the king’s dream and its interpretation. Of course, this was God’s plan all along. The king would come to know the King of the Universe was in charge.
This event is a lesson to us all. Yes, we have faith in our Creator and our Savior, Jesus, but we need not face the circumstances of our lives alone. We have spiritual friends who would like to know our needs and pray for God’s mercy to us. Even though we, like Daniel and his friends, can have peace in whatever circumstance or situation we are in, it is possible the Lord doesn’t want those circumstances and is simply waiting for us to ask Him for “Help!”
Let us never hesitate to ask our God for mercy. Let us never hesitate to ask our spiritual friends to ask our God for mercy. This is what a relationship with Him is all about.
Heavenly Father, there has not been a time when we have asked You for help and mercy that You have not responded. You have always been there for us. You have always cared for us through difficult and dangerous times. They were times of delivering miracles like those of Daniel, just different miracles.
Thank You for Your constant grace and care. Lord, continue Your help of us through Your mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and guest columnist.