GATHERING FOR PRAYER
"Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Alzariah, his companions" Dan. 2:17
In this chapter we have the account of the first activity of Daniel in fulfillment of his divinely appointed work. All that he did in the three world-kingdoms with which he was associated was of secondary importance. He was chosen of God to live among those kingdoms in order to see them in their relation to the Kingdom of God, and to interpret that relation to those to whom he spoke, and to men for all time through the writing of this book. The method of God was that of causing kings to dream dreams, see visions, be arrested by supernatural manifestations, all of which Daniel was to interpret. Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dreams a colossal image, and was troubled. None of his magicians or astrologers could reconstruct the dream, much less interpret it. Daniel was enabled to do both not as he said by his own wisdom but by the revelation given to him by God. One can imagine the occasion, and the most natural sense of its difficulty in the mind of Daniel. He was utterly unable to do in his own wisdom any more than the king's magicians could do. Yet quite evidently he was conscious of a Divine calling and relationship. Very beautiful is the account of his first action. He called together the little group of his friends, like-minded with himself in loyalty to the God of their fathers, and he sought their cooperation in prayer. That prayer was heard, and answered: the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. If the first secret of life be that of a purpose of heart, there is no force equal to keeping life not only safe, but serviceable, like that of prayer, and prayer gains in power when it is reinforced by fellowship with those mastered by the same purpose. Let every man called to Divine service cultivate a comradeship with loyal souls, not so much for discussion, as for prayer. “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20) Matthew saw that in the OT.