Ask Your Friends for Prayer Support
By Rick Warren
“Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon” (Daniel 2:17-18 NLT).
God always tests you before he blesses you.
Sometimes his tests come through people who ask you to do something impossible — like a boss who wants you to finish a project impossibly quickly.
In previous devotionals, I gave you the first few steps. You refuse to panic, you get more information, and you ask for more time.
Next you enlist prayer support from your friends. Daniel did this after the king asked him to interpret a dream, a request that had just about gotten others killed.
The Bible says, “Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon” (Daniel 2:17-18 NLT).
Daniel realized this was a big request. The kingdom hung in the balance. The king wasn’t thinking clearly. He was about to kill everyone on his court. So Daniel got his prayer team going.
Do you, like Daniel, have prayer partners to depend upon when life gets tough?
The time to line up a prayer team isn’t when something bad happens. You need to have those partners lined up before a crisis hits.
At some point, you’ll face tough times. You’ll be asked to do impossible tasks. Dark days will come.
What friends will you call on when you’re facing the impossible? You don’t need a lot of people. But you do need four or five friends who will have your back when life gets out of hand.
Talk It Over
How has prayer support been important in your life?
What people can you go to for prayer — especially when you’re facing the impossible?
How have you seen God work through your prayers for others?
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Do you want to thrive in every circumstance? In the Bible, Daniel and his friends rose to top positions of leadership because they were unshakeable in their faith even though they were surrounded by a corrupt culture. Today, the world’s value system increasingly drifts further from God. To thrive, no matter what, you need to dive into scripture and learn how to be unshakeable in your faith.
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• Stand strong when your world is shaken
• Stay firm when your pressured to conform
• Be bold when your beliefs are belittled
• Be confident when you’re asked to do the impossible
• Stay cool when the heat is on
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