"Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions (חבְר), and told them to seek compassion (רַחֲמִין) from the God of heaven concerning this mystery (רָז; LXX mysterion), so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon." - Daniel 2:17-18
Daniel's back is against the wall. If the king doesn't receive an interpretation of his dream, Daniel and every other wise man in Babylon are dead meat. But Daniel responds, as usual, with prudence and discretion (v. 14). He buys time and then asks the three members of his discipleship group, the famous Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to pray. The four of them pray, and God reveals the king's dream to Daniel and gives him the interpretation.
When we're stuck in a tight spot, with nowhere left to turn but up, to God, it's good to have a small group of others to whom we can share what's going on and with whom we can pray. I'm going through a time of searching right now, and I want to ask the members of my discipleship group to pray with me. I want want God's wisdom in the situations and opportunities before me. It's a bit of a mystery, but we have a God who reveals mysteries (v. 29).
Father, thank you for close friends who will pray with us when we need mysteries revealed. Help us to call upon help from our friends. Give us revelation and wisdom of your plan and how we fit in it. Place each of us in the position where we can make the most difference for your glory. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman