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Like Daniel, you can ask God for the skills and abilities that you need. God equips people whether others think they are ready or not.

Ask God for what you need (God's kingdom stands forever)

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that was so disturbing he couldn’t get back to sleep. (See Daniel 2:1).

He wanted to know what it meant. But he was starting to doubt that his advisors knew what they were talking about. So he posed a terrible challenge: tell me the dream and I will know that you are also capable of telling me its interpretation. If not, you die.

His advisors objected, but to no avail. The king, convinced they were stalling and offering him bad advice, ordered all his advisors to be killed.

The first Daniel heard of the trouble was when the executioner came looking for him. If Daniel 2:1 correct, Daniel and his friends were still in the king’s training program – they hadn’t even made it to the status of advisor. But when Daniel heard what the king had demanded, he asked for time to ask God about the dream.

Daniel and his friends prayed that they would know the dream and its interpretation, a request that God granted.

The king had seen a great statue – and 500+ years of human history. If current guesses about the dream are correct, the king was told of the coming kingdoms of the Medes and Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall this kingdom be left to another people. It shall crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever.”

In other words, King Nebuchadnezzar saw not only how greatly God regarded his own kingdom (as better than that of the Greeks or the Romans), he also saw that it would not last, but would be replaced by a new kind of kingdom set up by God that would stand forever.

You can read the complete dream and its interpretation in Daniel 2.

Hundreds of years before Jesus, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of God's plan to set up a new kind of kingdom that would last forever.

Like Daniel, you can ask for gifts and abilities that others may think are impossible. You can ask even if others think you aren't ready for such responsibility.

God, thank you that you reveal mysteries to people to give us hope for the future. Help us to be part of your eternal kingdom. And thank you that you equip us whether people think we are ready or not. We praise you. Thank you. Amen.