Monday Devotional

Pray FIRST

Daniel 2:14-19

Have you ever been blindsided? Have you ever had something happen to you that

you did not see coming? Was it bad or good? I remember - I was 29. Ruth and I had

been married for almost 7 years and we already had Isaac, my oldest son. He was

almost 3. I was in the middle of teaching a class at the local High School back in TN

when Ruth sent me ‘the text message.’ It had no words on it, simply a picture of a

pregnancy test. You know where I am going with this don’t you? In one second -

through one text - our entire world, from our budget to our calendar, was completely

changed!! (we now have 4 children by the way!).

Whether good or bad - one thing I can promise you is that life can change through

one text message, email, phone call, conversation, etc. See the question isn’t, ‘Have

you ever been blindsided?’ as much as it is, ‘How will you respond the next time you

are?’ In Daniel Chapter 2, we see Daniel blindsided by some very distressing news!

You can read Daniel chapter 2 to get the full story, but basically Daniel answers the

door in verse 14 and finds out that he and his friends are about to be killed for

something that they were not a part of, in fact they had no idea it was even

happening. Daniel’s response to this curveball shows us 4 godly responses to being

blindsided.

1: He responded with wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 says, ‘The fear of the Lord is the

foundation of wisdom.’ Daniel was able to respond with wisdom because he had

cultivated a life that was reverent to God.

2: Sometimes (most times?) it’s better not to just speak your mind. Begin to pray

Psalm 141:3, ‘Take control of what I say, O Lord.’ Pray this now - so that the next

time you get knocked off your feet you have already made this your confession over

your tongue.

3: He went to his friends. Who are your people? Who knows those things about you?

You know what things I am talking about. I have intentionally placed several people

in my life that know all of my secrets - for one purpose - so that I have no secrets. I

want to encourage you to intentionally place positive, godly relationships in your life.

That’s why we have small groups as one of the main things we do as a church.

Proverbs 17:17, ‘A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of

need.’

4: He prayed. Listen, prayer is not a last resort. It is not a hail mary thrown up in the

last seconds of the game. Prayer is our first response. Through Jesus Christ our

prayers have the power to make things happen that we cant even see (Matthew

18:18). I want to encourage you to set a standard of prayer in your life today - before

you hit reply: PRAY. Before you call them back: PRAY. Before you address your

child’s behavior: PRAY. Before you eat that 8th piece of holiday fudge: PRAY!!! God is

ready to speak into that situation - but are we ready to listen? Have we cultivated

ears that will hear him over the noise of life? PRAY

Guess how Daniel’s situation turned out? God came through. I want to encourage

you - whether this blindside of a situation is of your own doing or not - God saw it.

He cares. And he wants to walk you through it in peace.

JMann

Bangor Campus Pastor

Have you ever been blindsided by a situation?

How did you respond?