When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him. 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 2:14-17, NIV)
Meditation Thought: Our prayers are also cries for mercy. And God is moved by those cries.
Prayer: My world seems to be collapsing, God. Though I see the blessings of Your hand, I also see the destructive trail of sin, in my own life, and in the lives of others. I see the disappointments and heartbreaks, and at times, I am very, very afraid. But you, God, are gracious. You love me. You listen to me. You allow me to spend time in Your presence. And I am pleading to you, today, for mercy. Grant mercy upon me! Grant mercy upon those who are trapped and burdened! Hear my cries today, and come quickly! You answered Daniel, when his life was in danger, and I believe that You will answer me!