Daniel 2:27, 28 Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. . . "
The story of Daniel is one of a man (and several others, as well) who chose to do things God's way and was given great influence in the world in which he lived. He was among the exiles from Judah. As he took a stand to follow God's ways, he found great favor among the Babylonians and their kings. As a result, he was able to speak into their lives. His story tells us also that regardless of imperfect situations, God can be at work in the midst of them. He was a man very humble before God and in that humility he was raised to great power and influence in the foreign country in which he found himself. He was a man of great character. He ate God's way; he prayed to God continually regardless of anything or anybody around him. He was a faithful servant of God. And God spoke to him and through him to those in authority in Babylon. God gave him the dream and interpretation of the king. God also gave him dreams and their interpretation for the days ahead himself. Those dreams are recorded for our testimony of God speaking to His people and bringing to pass His plans and purposes. As powerful as are the kings in our world, God shows Himself supreme above them all and points to the ultimate fulfillment of His plans and purposes for the world and for all those who trust in Him. Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced miracle deliverance from death in the fiery furnace and in the lion's den. Daniel shows us how one life can make a difference when that life is given totally to God.
The most powerful message we can take from Daniel is the importance of prayer and the rewards of prayer. If we look throughout the Bible, and throughout history, we will find that those who have made a difference in our world most are those who have sowed greatly in prayer and then responded to live out those prayers as God has given opportunity. Just as a tree can only grow as strong as its roots, so a life can only be as strong as its prayer connection. Jesus' teaching to us on abiding in Him in John 15 shows us the importance of living in union with Him. "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Be God's man or woman. You and God make a powerful team. God could do all things without us, but He chooses to include us. This is His way. Lord, teach us Your ways that we may walk in Your paths.