Asking for time

Daniel Bible Background

12.03.2017 – Old Testament: Dan 2.14–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Daniel 1–2 on December 3, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

King Nebuchadnezzar demanded the interpretation of a dream, but the wise men of Babylon could not give one. Therefore, the king ordered the execution of all of the wise men, including Daniel and his three friends, although no one had asked them for an interpretation of the dream. The Bible says,

Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon; he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel. So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation (Daniel 2.14–16). 

Daniel needed time to pray to God and for God to reveal the dream and its interpretation. The king gave it because he wanted to know the interpretation. Then Daniel did as promised.

You may know the solution to someone else’s problem. Do not be shy about it, but ask for time to carry out that solution.


  • Do you pray to God often so that when a problem arises you are in tune with Him and He answers your prayers for help in solving the problem?
  • Do you have some close friends, like Daniel had, who keep you close to God?

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