I've still been trying to figure out the difference in prayers that seem to have power to produce miracles and prayers that seem to hit the ceiling. I haven't forgotten about my intelligent, faithful daughter Sarah's question regarding answered prayer. Miracles have been in the back of mind ever since she asked me why some believer's prayers go unanswered.
I've been doing some reading in Daniel lately. It seemed like a good follow up to the study of Revelation I just went through. In Daniel 6 it gives the account of King Darius' reign. Daniel was one of 3 administrators in the entire kingdom. King Darius recognized Daniel's wisdom and decided to put him in charge of the kingdom. Others in the government were greatly dismayed when they found out what the king was planning to do. They plotted against Daniel. Since they could find no wrong in his past (unusual for a politician, huh?) they knew the only way to get him was on religious grounds. They appealed to the kings vanity and convinced him to issue a decree stating that for 30 days everyone could only pray to and worship the king.
Of course, Daniel continued to pray to and worship God as he had always done. When the king realized he had been duped, he tried to figure a way out of this for Daniel but, alas, the decree was set in stone. King Darius had Daniel put in the lion's den and sealed it shut. The next morning, Daniel did not have so much as a scratch. Pretty incredible, huh? The king had those who had plotted against Daniel thrown into the lions den and they were immediately torn to shreds! Those lions were obviously hungry!
The king issued a proclamation that goes like this:
Daniel 6:25 - 27 (The Message)
King Darius published this proclamation to every race, color, and creed on earth:
Peace to you! Abundant peace!
I decree that Daniel's God shall be worshiped and feared
in all parts of my kingdom.
He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom
His rule continues eternally.
He is a savior and rescuer.
He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth.
He saved Daniel from the power of the lions.
I've read this Scripture many times before. I loved this story as a child. I loved teaching it as a Sunday School teacher. As a children's choir leader, we even did an entire musical based on this. When I was reading this tonight something struck me that I had never noticed before. Did you catch it?
Toward the end of verse 27 it says that God performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth. God performs miracles in heaven? Really? What sort of miracles are needed in heaven? This opens up a whole new can of worms for me. Does anyone have a thought on that for me?
If Dad were still alive I would have already called him.