Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel. (Dan. 1:9)
Expanded Passage: Daniel 1:9-10
The late Dutch Christian missionary known as Brother Andrew is remembered for courageously putting his life on the line by smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War. One story he recounted was driving his blue Volkswagen Beetle, trunk packed full of Bibles, to the border of Romania. Seeing each car ahead of him being meticulously searched by guards, Brother Andrew nervously yet boldly prayed for a miracle. Almost unbelievably, he pulled up to the checkpoint where the guard took one look at his papers and waved him on. God miraculously cleared the way.
This wasn’t the first time God had done the seemingly impossible, and it certainly wasn’t the last. Daniel had boldly come before the official at the palace and had asked for a special menu. Miraculously, God caused this official—the chief official, no less—to show Daniel favor and compassion. Even amidst his own fear, the official showed favor and compassion.
God is in the business of changing hearts, and there is no heart beyond changing. What would it look like for you to come before God today and boldly ask him to do the seemingly impossible? How might you pray for a boss, a coworker, spouse, or government leader? Never underestimate the power of God to bring miraculous favor. He just may clear the way.
Boldly ask God for miraculous favor where it seems impossible.
Jenn Petersen is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, Director of Mobilization NYC for International Justice Mission, and co-founder/pastor of Resurrection Life NYC in Manhattan.
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