5 Praying for Discernment Dan 2;1-19

The Song lyrics are included in the youtube post, or you can download this lyric sheet, by clicking on the link to the right: HICC Lyrics 3.29.20

Sermon Outline

Introduction (James 1:5, 3:17)

Daniel 2 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

    1. The Chronology Problem (Dan 2:1)
    2. The Dream (Dan 2:1)
      1. Dreams in Bible
        1. God gave dreams to warn people in OT (Gen 20:3, 41:16-24)
        2. God gave dreams to foretell future (Judge 7:13-15, Gen 31:10)
        3. Dreams are promised to increase in last days (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17-21)
      2. Nebuchadnezzar is troubled in Spirit and unable to sleep (Dan 2:5)
    3. The Request and Distrust of the King (Dan 2:9)
    4. The Need for Wisdom/discernment from God (Dan 2:10-11, 17-18, 27-28)
    5. The Prayer for Mercy-Discernment-Wisdom
      1. First, Notice that he prayed with others
      2. Second, Notice that his request is for ‘mercy’
      3. Third, we should understand the power of prayer (James 5:16, Mt 7:7)

Heavenly Wisdom (James 3:17)

    1. Is the course of action pure? Are your intentions godly, not selfish. Are they intended for God’s glory?
    2. Is it peaceable? Will it lead to greater dependence and trust in God? Will it increase anxiety or decrease it? Does it promote the kingdom?
    3. Is it gentle? Does is harm anyone? If so, is the harm compassionate and caring or inconsiderate and harsh?
    4. Is it open to reason? Are others able to challenge you without becoming defensive, angry…?
    5. Is it merciful? Does it serve others? Care for the needy?
    6. Will it result in good fruit in self and others? Are the fruits of the spirit born from this action or hindered (Gal 5:23-25)?
    7. Is it impartial? Are you able to separate yourself from the benefits and drawbacks? Or is there a vested interest of self-promotion in it or could be charged to it?
    8. Is it sincere? Is your heart honest with yourself?

Jesus is the fulfillment of heavenly wisdom.


The youtube link for the sermon is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAEBiYxQv6s 


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