Praying Through Perilous Times (Part 2)

Daniel is a story of God’s sovereignty. The events are not just about people in exile, kings, and kingdoms, but through it all, they are about the sovereign hand of God in all things. Let us see the events of human history as evidence of God’s bringing about His plan, to His honor and glory.

How do we see the sovereignty of God?

the clay and the potter

Observe God’s sovereignty in revelation. When Pharaoh’s baker and cupbearer tell Joseph, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Do you remember what Joseph said to them? He said, “Do not interpretations belong to God? (Gen. 40:8).”

We believe that not only does God know all things, He knows all things exhaustively. When the king asked Daniel, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?,” how does Daniel answer? “As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, conjurers, magicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days.”

How do we see the sovereignty of God in the experience of His exiled people?

In Daniel 2, Daniel and his friends’ lives were spared along with the rest of the wise men of Babylon, because God granted Daniel favor in the eyes of Arioch, who was assigned to kill all the wise men. Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the matter, so that they might request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends would not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon (Dan. 2:17-18). God was already answering the prayers of Daniel and his companions before they even began to plead for Divine compassion!

We believe that not only does
God know all things, He knows
all things exhaustively.

Isn’t that a reason to pray? When we know God to be sovereign, we must be motivated to pray, because we know that He is in control of all things.

How do we see the sovereignty of God over kings and kingdoms?

How did Daniel praise the Lord after he received the revelation? In Daniel 2:20-21, we read:

Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to men of understanding.

King Nebuchadnezzar was great, but only because God gave him the privilege of rule, authority, and recognition.

Isn’t that a reason to trust in God’s plans, His designs, His purposes, even if it seems that we are not getting our way?

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Pull-quote: We believe that not only does God know all things, He knows all things exhaustively.

Blurb: In this second installment of our series, “Praying Through Perilous Times”, we explore the reason why God’s sovereignty should encourage us to pray.

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