Daniel 2:18-20 – He asked them to pray to the God of heaven for mercy in solving this mystery so that the four of them wouldn't be killed along with the whole company of Babylonian wise men. That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying, "Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever." (MSG)
My brothers and I didn't have a television when we were growing up, and I don't remember seeing a play until I was in high school, so I'm not sure why we enjoyed acting out our Sunday School lessons, but we did. With great authority, my brother, who was playing the part of the king, would declare to my other brother, playing the part of Daniel, "Tell me my dream and what it means or I'll have you cut to pieces and your houses turned to rubble."
Looking at the Scripture today, I found it interesting to note what Daniel did when he heard the challenge, accompanied by such dire consequences if he failed in his task. He called his friends together and held a prayer meeting, and God heard their prayer! It may not be so surprising that we pray when we need help facing challenging situations in our lives, but how many of us stop to do what Daniel and his friends did next? They held a praise meeting and blessed the name of God.
Let's not forget to pray, but, more importantly, let's not forget to praise God for His answers to our prayers.
Prayer: Dear God, may we, like Daniel, bless the name of God forever and ever. Amen.