Do you know that if you have trusted in Jesus, this world is not your home? Philippians 3:20 says your citizenship is in Heaven. If you are going to live the abundant life Jesus is offering, one of the most important things is to make Him your home. That is your identity in Christ. You are a temporary resident in this world, and your hope is secure in the risen Jesus who will lead you into eternity. When we pray, we are saying “My home is in You, Father. I am Your child, You are Lord over my life, and I will follow You into eternity.”
Daniel knew he was not at home. His home was in God’s Holy nation, but He was taken and forced to live in a new land, learn new spiritual practices, and even have his name changed to something that identified him with different gods. Yet Daniel did not forget that he belonged to God, and He took every opportunity to live out that identity in God’s presence in passionate prayer. So Daniel is a great picture for us of how to live as citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom while still living in this world.
The King had dream that none of his servants — all trained in the magic arts, divination, and astrology — could not fathom. The King threatened to kill them all, along with Daniel and his friends. God had given Daniel a gift or interpretation, but look at how he works it out:
Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2:17-18)
Daniel goes to his friends and asks them to pray for God to show him the dream. Praying with others is a way that we live out who we really are as children of God, inheritors of eternity. Do you have friends who you can ask to pray with you in every need? Even with his great gift of interpretation, Daniel was humble and knew he needed to pray.
I encourage you to find friends, and even if you cannot see each other, call them and pray over the phone, text them, email or facebook them. Whatever it takes, keep praying.