Impromptu Date

“Then Daniel went to his house and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” ~Daniel 2: 17-18 (NKJV)

When I was a kid, we used to watch safety videos in school. The one that sticks out in my mind the most is a fire safety video about what to do if you catch on fire. Stop, drop, and roll I think is probably engrained in the psyche of every kid of my generation thanks to these videos. It literally shows someone’s arm or leg catching on fire and they remember to stop (don’t run around crazy), drop to the ground, and roll to extinguish the flames. There are times when your life catches on fire and you need to seek the Lord outside of your scheduled Divine date. Something is said or done to you or about you and there is no one who can fix it but Jesus. This is when you need to have an impromptu date with the Divine. You need to stop, drop, and pray!

We see Daniel do this in verses 17 and 18. In order for him and his friends to not be killed along with the other wise men in Babylon, they must inquire of God regarding the King’s dream. Daniel went home, alerted his friends to the situation, and they prayed. Notice is this instance Daniel was not praying alone. He called on people he knew would be unified in prayer with him. The text doesn’t say this, but I can only imagine that he and his friends bombarded heaven that day with prayer. After all, their lives were on the line.

God answered their prayers and revealed the secret to Daniel. Daniel informed the king and saved the lives of him and his friends who we also know as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. The three who survived the fiery furnace. Daniel not only knew he needed prayer to fix his problem, he knew he needed partners in prayer who had the same relationship and beliefs about God as he did. Are you connected with friends who also can get a prayer through?