This week we look at Daniel 2 and the interpretation of Nebuchdnezzar’s dream. In the dream a great giant was broken to pieces by a stone. The kingdoms of the future were Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. The everlasting kingdom to follow was the kingdom of God and the church.
Daniel 2: 1, 2 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.”
Prayer: Lord God, may we be prepared when others seek words of life.
Thought for the day: Someone you meet today wants answers to life’s questions.
Daniel 2: 5, 6 The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble. But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”
Prayer: Lord God, in the face of unreasonable demand may you give us courage and peace of mind.
Thought for the day: If you believe the sun shines behind the clouds, you can keep looking through the storm.
Daniel 2: 10, 11 The astrologers answered the king, “There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has eve asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”
Prayer: Almighty God, we believe the answers to all the mysteries of life are known by you.
Thought for the day: Great scientists, inventors, and mathematicians believed there were answers to the questions that others could not solve.
Daniel 2: 17, 18 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 wide men of Babylon.
Prayer: Lord God, in the midst of our trials the family of faith in harmony lifts to you a prayer of deliverance.
Thought for the day: If Daniel found a prayer partner in faith, you could too.
Daniel 2: 19, 20 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.
Prayer: Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, day after day you have answered our prayers in mighty and awesome ways.
Thought for the day: Scripture says: You have not, because you ask not.
Daniel 2: 44, 45 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands – a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we believe that yours is the everlasting kingdom appointed by God the Father.
Thought for the day: The King is coming.
Daniel 2: 46, 47 then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your god is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
Prayer: Almighty God, you are awesome, holy, eternal, all knowing, all powerful. There is none like you.
Thought for the day: God does have the answers to our deepest and most difficult questions.
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