During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. (Daniel 2:19-22)
These words are what Daniel prayed when God answered his prayer to interpret the king’s dream. Daniel knew that God was bigger than the king. His life seemed to be under the King’s control, and he was threatened with death at the king’s command, but he praised God as the one who has all authority over this world.
Satan loves to echo what the world says us: What you see is all there is. God is not in control of your life. What controls you is your past, your weaknesses, your looks, your work, your health, your hormones, your money, your family, your busyness, your circumstances. When we pray, we stand against that lie and say, “Jesus is bigger than my circumstances. I belong to Him he has the authority in my life.”
Daniel lived in that perspective, and if we believe it for ourselves and others, it will draw us us to constant prayer.
In my experience, the only way I can keep that perspective is by reading His word and by worshipping and praying with other Christians. If we don’t attend to those things, we gradually lower our heads until all we can see is our history and our circumstances. Reading the truth, praising Him, and praying lift up our head to see God and His power and purposes in the world.
A children’s song I know says this: “Jesus is the mighty mighty King. Jesus is the mighty mighty King. God made Him the boss of everything. Jesus is the mighty mighty King.”
So prayer means believing my body and my health are not the boss, money is not the boss, my past is not the boss, my weakness is not the boss, my family is not the boss, my circumstances are not the boss — because Jesus is the mighty mighty King over all.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out that truth in prayer and praise, trusting that Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings.