Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them. Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. He declared to Arioch, the king’s captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king.
Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Daniel 2:12-18 ESV
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me. Psalm 86:1-7 ESV
Sherlock Holmes was a very smart man, and he was good at figuring out mysteries. When people were in trouble, they often came to Sherlock Holmes to ask him for his help. He helped everyone who asked him for help, and there was never a case that was too difficult for him to solve. Once a schoolmaster who was in trouble came to him to beg him for his help. His school had a ten-year-old boy who was the son of a rich and famous duke and this boy had been kidnapped from the school. Sherlock Holmes was able to find the young man and figure out who had been responsible for the kidnapping, even though there were some very confusing clues–such as cow hoof prints that had been left by horses!
Daniel and his friends were in serious trouble. King Nebuchadnezzar had ordered that all of the wise men and magicians in his kingdom should be killed, and that included these four young men, even though they didn’t even know what was going on. Daniel asked the captain of the king’s guard why there was such a terrible order, and he heard the story about the king’s dream and his impossible task. Daniel went to the king and asked that he might have some time to solve the puzzle. He knew that wouldn’t be able to do it by himself, but he also knew where he could go for help. He trusted that God would hear his prayers and his friends’ prayers and would give him the answer he needed to save their lives. Daniel knew that nothing was too hard for God, and that he would always help his people who came to him in prayer.
We also can come to God in prayer with any troubles that we have. We know that God will hear our prayers for Jesus’ sake, because Jesus died on the cross for us so that all our sins could be forgiven and we could become God’s people. When we have trouble, we might hope that God will answer our prayers a certain way, but we can trust him to do what is best for us, even if we don’t always understand. We know that God loves us now and forever because of Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior and for hearing all our prayers for Jesus sake. Help us to trust in your answers when we come to you with our troubles. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Doyle, Arthur Conan “The Adventure of the Priory School” The Return of Sherlock Holmes London: Georges Newnes, Ltd, 1905.