Consult with others, then pray specifically 

Old Testament: Dan 2.17–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Daniel 1–2 on December 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Daniel discovered that the king of Babylon had ordered the deaths of all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel then asked the man in charge for some time to consider the matter, and this is what Daniel did: 

Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

– Daniel 2.17–18 

This was a huge matter and Daniel did not want to tackle it alone. Therefore, he consulted with his friends, asking them to pray. However, note that they had something in mind: That they would find mercy from God and not perish with the rest of the wise men. 

There might be times when we can say, “I am praying for you,” but as often as you can, do what Daniel and his friends did, specify that for which you are praying. 


  • Do you tell people exactly what you want from their prayers? 
  • Do you pray for specific things for people, or do you just say to God, “I pray for so and so”? 

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