Nebuchadnezzar took his worries to bed with him; Daniel
took his worries to God in prayer. During the night, the
mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. He was awake, not
asleep. Dreams occur during the transition stage between
waking consciousness and sound sleep. Visions occur during
moments of being awake.
Here Danielís response to
answered prayer is praise. He includes his three friends in
his prayer of thanks (2:23), though the answer was given to
him alone. The combined, corporate prayer of the four brought
the answer. Danielís praise is eightfold, as he acknowledges
- Godís name is hallowed.
- Godís kingdom resides over the earth.
- God exercises His will on earth.
- God gives wisdom to the wise.
- God reveals deep and hidden things.
- God gave him wisdom and power.
- God makes known what we ask for.
- God made known the kingís dream.
Now Daniel understands. Though the kingdom of Israel is
broken up and dispersed, Godís plans for His people remain
intact. He is the first to know what God is planning for
the world and His people from the captivity forward. The
curtain has been drawn on history. The script is written;
the stage and characters are set. Everything is ready for
the actors; however, they will perform their parts of
their own free will. The first member of the cast, with
the leading role, is Nebuchadnezzar.